Type of installation: Natural Pitch
Following an extensive tender process via sports turf consultants STRI, Kestrel Contractors were awarded the project to build new hybrid grass pitches over 1.6 hectares at Fulham Football Clubs Motspur Park Training Academy in Surrey.
The build consisted of one single 1.6 ha field giving the club the ability to offset the pitches to spread the wear or turn them perpendicular to existing pitches.
This was a first for Kestrel working with SIS whose yarn injection system is taking the football world by a storm. The SISGRASS system has been installed this year for Chelsea, Derby County, and Hull City FC’s as well as the renowned St Georges England training camp in Burton on Trent.
The scope of works comprised of excavating 7400 cubic metres of topsoil and subsoil before installing drainage, a stone carpet to 125mm depth, lower & upper rootzone. A new irrigation system was also installed throughout the entire site, replacing an antiquated system that was showing the ravages of time.
Kestrels management team comprising of Richard Burden, Contracts Director, Mark Burrows Site Manager were ably assisted by Jamie Hooey, delivering the project on time to budget.
Usually the bigger higher profile projects are a real challenge in relation to adhering to programme, weather, delivery of materials and working with clients, consultants and a myriad of contractors working on site on other projects. Whilst the new state of the art natural grass pitches were being constructed FFC had embarked on an ambitious extension of the facilities including two new 3G pitches and a building extension all running concurrently.
It would be fair to say that this was one of the more plain sailing projects Kestrel have been involved in over the years.
Credit must be given also to the FFC management team were superb in the way they managed each project holding regular weekly update meetings with the project managers and daily meetings with Site Managers. Rory Ferguson who has recently taken on the role of Grounds Manager, had a real baptism of fire, not only having to oversee the new construction works but also the renovation works on the Academy pitches.
The first team squad have already had a gentle training sessions on each pitch and the response from the players has been positive. The real acid test will come in the depths of winter when the sandy roozone will be held firm by the 17,000 linear metres of yarn which will ensure a premier surface.