Bedales School - Kestrel Contractors

Bedales School

Type of installation: Artificial turf replacement

Location: Bedales School, Steep

Natural and artificial sports pitch specialists Kestrel recently replaced the worn astro turf hockey surface at the prestigious Bedales School, Steep.


The full size hockey and tennis surface, which was approaching 16 years of age, was originally constructed by En Tout Cas. The surface was showing common signs of wear and tear with several seams becoming prevalent, line marking showing considerable movement, patch repairs causing a health and safety concern and the erosion of the pile leaving excess sand on the top surface leading to a loss of traction and actually exacerbating on-going wear.


Once Kestrel’s condition summary had been received the school acknowledged that a replacement surface was required in the near future. In order to draw up an accurate scope of works and relative cost Kestrel undertook a series of surveys on the existing pitch to ascertain the suitability of the existing infrastructure to support a new artificial playing surface and accurately assess any remedial works which may be required.


Kestrel also provided a 6 month maintenance programme to help extend the life of the ailing pitch to tie in with the schools financial year and works began on site soon after. The existing 20mm pile sand filled artificial grass hockey surface was carefully cut up and removed along with the 10mm thick underlying pre-formed rubber shockpad.


The base was professionally cleaned to avoid any damage to the existing macadam, checked for on-going porosity and thoroughly prepared for a new 12mm thick wet pour shockpad comprising 2-6mm rubber crumb granules bound by a minimum concentration of 9% polyurethane.


A high quality FIH certified 18mm pile texturised monofilament sand dressed artificial grass hockey system was then laid with permanent inlaid line marking to provide the school with a top hockey surface which was also suitable for recreational tennis, netball and football.


A highly successful project, once again delivered on time and on budget, is another feather in Kestrel’s cap and helps to reinforce their already envied reputation in the independent schools sector.


To find out more about our astroturf replacement services please contact us on 01256 880488, or complete the contact form on the left.

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