Here are a collection of the questions we are often asked by our customers. Not answered your query? Then please contact us with any questions you may have.
Usually the best growing periods are between April-May and September-October because of relatively warm temperatures and high rainfall. Every site is different but we would usually expect a pitch to be ready for play within 9-12 months from the point of seeding.
Ideally during Spring or Summer so that we can maximise any periods of dry weather and avoid any unnecessary ground disturbance.
Irrigation helps to promote a consistent playing surface all year round by:
Further information on our irrigation services can be found on our sports pitch irrigation page
Yes Sport England provide collaborative guidance on pitch sizes, run offs etc.
Constructing a full size artificial sports pitch for football, rugby or hockey on a green field site including perimeter fencing, floodlighting and infrastructure typically takes between 12-16 weeks depending on site specific factors and more importantly the weather!
Replacing an artificial pitch is slightly more straightforward and can usually be carried out in a 4-6 week period, ideally during the school summer holidays.
Artificial surfaces can provide a valuable training and match play facility helping to ease pressure on natural grass pitches but will only provide a sustainable long term solution if they are maintained correctly.
It is important to maintain your artificial surface to maximise its lifespan, ensure consistency of play and to provide a safe surface. A little and often approach from the outset is advised to help avoid undertaking costly one off refurbishments and renovation works.
The FA in conjucntion with the IOG has created a handy guide, download the PDF below:
The RFU in conjucntion with the IOG and SAPCA has created a handy guide, please see the attached document.
The ECB in conjucntion with the IOG has created a handy guide, please see the below PDF document to read more:
The short answer is yes. SBR rubber crumb infill from accredited suppliers is certified as safe. However for indoor areas where odour and dust are potentially issues, alternative infills such as cork or Envirofill are often considered.
In the summer of 2014, Kestrel Contractors installed there first ever cork infill pitch at Swedish School, Barnes, The pitch was test in accordance with EN 15330-1(2013) to the requirements of football. Please click here for an extract of the lab report.
3G pitches meeting the relevant standards can be used up to but not including League 1 standard in England and for FA Cup matches up to but not including 3rd round level. Local league rules differ throughout the country and so we would always suggest contacting your local FA and the body which runs your competition for clarification.
3G pitches meeting the relevant standards can be used for the highest level competition in the UK, Saracens RUFC have just installed a 3G pitch at their home ground, Allianz Park. Local league rules differ throughout the country and so we would always suggest contacting your local RFU representitive and the body which runs your competition for clarification.
Short pile 3G pitches meeting the relevant standards can be used up to EHB Cat 4 level which is for local and regional league competition (excepting regional premiership divisions– e.g. the division that directly feed the national league). Local league rules differ throughout the country and so we would always suggest contacting England Hockey and the body which runs your competition for clarification.
It depends highly upon usage levels and maintenance as well as the quality of the product you opt for. Typically surfaces last somewhere between 5 years (smaller intensively used areas with little or no maintenance) and 12 years (larger areas).
Yes it can. This is common practice in mainland Europe and often financial incentives are given to companies using this approach. Kestrel have access to the latest turf recycling machinery and can offer this service as part of an astro replacement contract.
This varies depending on the artificial grass manufacturer but generally moulded studs, blades, plastic studs and astro boots are acceptable. Aluminium studded boots and consistent use of flat soled shoes is not advised.
What types of infill materials are there?
In 90% of cases the answer is yes as pitches are deemed to be engineering projects and comprise perimeter fencing systems which are usually above 2m and floodlighting. Likely increases in footfall and parking requirements also need to be taken into consideration. Our advice would always be to consult with your local authority about a scheme prior to submitting any application.
Drainage outlets come in a variety of sources from ditches and streams through to storm water systems, soakaway trenches and swales. Water can even be attenuated within a pitch profile if the ground conditions allow.
Factors such as required and existing outfall capacity, user expectation and future maintenance are all key aspects in successful soprts pitch drainage design and it’s importance should not be overlooked.