Type of installation: Multi-use pitch
Location: Lord Wandsworth College, Hook, Hampshire
Specialist sports pitch contractors Kestrel have recently upgraded the sports facilities at local independent school Lord Wandsworth College. Kestrel undertook the re-construction of an existing astro turf hockey pitch, originally built back in 1994, which had reached the end of its useful life and required replacement.
The old surface was a sand filled artificial grass laid onto a ‘lava’ stone performance layer placed above a free draining, frost resistant stone formation.
Kestrel were asked to provide a design and build solution which would enable the school to play hockey at the highest level.
Kestrel’s extensive knowledge of varying base construction techniques, something carried out in house by the Kestrel labour force using our own specialist plant and equipment, was a key factor in producing a suitable design.
After a comprehensive analysis of the solutions offered Lord Wandsworth College chose Kestrel as their preferred contractor.
A combination of the in house nature of the service, reduced construction programme and the long term value of the Kestrel proposal were the key factors which influenced the decision.
Once the fine details were ironed out the existing base was suitably remediated to meet the exacting tolerances of the FIH before a new wet pour rubber shockpad and monofilament artificial grass hockey system were installed.
A number of infrastructure improvements were also carried out to the existing weldmesh perimeter fencing system including new artificial grass covered kickboards and reinforced fencing behind the goals.
New goal storage recesses, spectator area and player dug outs were also added to provide a top class refurbishment to a valued facility.
The pitch has been tested and passed at FIH National level (the highest certification a pitch of this type can achieve) and has been placed on the FIH’s official certified pitch register which allows the College to play EH Class 1 fixtures.
To find out more about our astro turf replacement and artificial hockey pitch construction services please contact us on 01256 880488, or complete the contact form on the left.