Southhampton Solent University - Kestrel Contractors

Southhampton Solent University

Type of installation: Pitch construction

Location: Southampton

Natural and artificial sports pitch specialists Kestrel have recently completed the design and construction of a new state of the art football and American football facility at Southampton Solent University.


The design stage provided a number of challenges with Kestrel’s extensive experience and expertise in both natural and artificial surfaces proving a key factor in securing the work.
Working alongside Main Contractor Bentley Projects and Sports Pitch Consultant MUGA UK, Kestrel developed a design which was within the clients budget and able to meet the relevant performance standards.


The geotechnical investigation identified a weak underlying sub soil and in combination with the nature of the ground remodelling required to generate a uniform plateau, a decision was made to lime stabilise the formation level to provide a sound sub base suitable to support the artificial surface.


Once the design was formalised the project began on site in early 2011 and was completed on time and on budget.
The facility which now boasts a full sizedense monofilament 3rdGeneration surface suitable for football and American football to a competitive standard as well as a high quality natural grass football pitch is home to Team Solent and the Solent Redhawks as well as a variety of other sides from the University and local community.


Kestrel provided a full design and build service and carried out the majority of the works in house using specialist plant and labour whilst also including ancillary items such as two floodlighting and rigid mesh perimeter fencing systems, fully automated irrigation as well as the associated hard and soft landscaping. The artificial pitch has been successfully tested meeting FIFA 1* standards with the natural grass pitch being passed for competitive play at Wessex League standard.


It was another successful high profile scheme for Kestrel who once again showcased their ability as one of the few UK contractors who are capable of providing a genuinely proficient service in delivering the design and construction of high quality natural and artificial sports pitches.


To find out more about our natural and artificial sports pitch construction services please contact us on 01256 880488, or complete the contact form on the left.

“We approached Kestrel at an early stage and it certainly paid off from our perspective as we were able to tap into their specialist knowledge and to look at the scheme in great detail which ultimately resulted in us delivering a successful tender bid.”

Dave Williams
Bentley Projects

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