Royal Russell School - Kestrel Contractors

Royal Russell School

Type of installation: Artificial & Natural Turf Pitch

Location: Croydon

It was a busy end of summer term for Royal Russell School and as they turn into the new academic year the prestigious Croydon school are now the proud owners of one synthetic turf pitch (STP), one Multi Use Games  Area (MUGA) and one all weather pitch (AWP).


Following a competitive tender process, Kestrel Contractors won the contract to build both the artificial and natural pitches.


Work began in October last year and with phase one and two of this three phase project now complete, the school were able to launch the three new pitches on Royal Russell Day on the 28th June 2014. The event attracted over 900 guests including parents, pupils, visiting Head Teachers and local dignitaries. David Weir the multi medal winning Paralympian opened the pitches.


Royal Russell School sought and had approved planning permission for the three artificial pitches on the school’s West Playing Fields.


However, the loss of the natural turf pitches to the all weather pitches was compensated by the provision of 24,000m² of new natural turf sports fields upon an old site that formed part of the school land.


Junior School Headmaster and Project Leader at Royal Russell James Thompson has been delighted with the project and is very excited about the finished product delivering high quality sports facilities for girls and boys from 3-18. The AWP and MUGA were in use all summer for tennis and hockey / netball will become our main focus during the Autumn and Spring Terms.


The site had gone unused for some 50 years. Alistair Moore, the Consultant in charge of the project from Agility (Sports Facility Development) had design challenges to make the natural development work; ‘The design for this area involved removal of the topsoil, levelling the site to create a large plateau and the creation of 3 winter pitches, athletics track & cricket facilities.’ Moore continued; ‘Kestrel added further value by utilising gravel surplus from the all weather pitch construction to create a drainage layer below all the new natural turf pitches, before adding rootzone to create an ideal playing surface.’


The school were keen to continue with operations during the build which meant the contractor working closely with the school to prevent major disruption throughout the construction. Richard Burden, Senior Contracts Manager at Kestrel added ‘This was an exciting new build development and one based upon  quality in design and construction. Despite a challenging works programme, the contract was completed comfortably thanks to great cooperation and coordination with all the key stakeholders involved. The school now has a fantastic new multi sports facility.’


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