As members of the Land Drainage Contractors Association, Kestrel has substantial experience and expertise in the requirements of producing a variety of sustainable land drainage systems. At Kestrel Contractors, we use our drainage expertise to help create and maintain the best solution available to you! We constructed all of our projects in accordance to the SAPCA code of practice for natural land specifications and drainage.
Our land drainage contractors are the best in the business and have years of experience creating solutions or a wide variety of sports pitches and other areas. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail to create the perfect finish for you, which is how we have become one of the industries most respected contractors.
The needs for pitch drainage
Excess water and soil compaction in turf often result in rapid deterioration of areas of turf and ultimately can lead to the landscape becoming damaged and quality of the land being severely affected.
The right land drainage system is essential in prolonging and maintaining the quality of an area of land.
Our land drainage construction solutions
There is a variety of land drainage systems that are popular in the UK, which can be installed into heavy soils with poor drainage characteristics. No one size fits all surfaces, so receiving the correct drainage advice, in terms of what turf drainage systems are affordable and also manageable, is important. So before making any decision on your system, speak with our land drainage contractors.
Kestrel possesses a vast range of plant and equipment which allows a multiplicity of land drainage solutions, including Verti draining and lateral drainage, ensuring turf maintains a steady flow of drainage, without disruption.
Efficiency of turf drainage
Kestrel’s efficiency in installing land drainage systems ensure that installation can be carried out on turfed services in short periods of time.
We are also mindful that not all those that are after land drainage systems have unlimited budgets, we offer a variety of field drainage specifications that can be tailored to suit budgets.
Turf drainage options and aftercare
Lateral pitch drainage systems can be installed under existing turf, including highly used sports pitches. A typical drainage system consists of a lattice of lateral drains linked to a main drain.
If problems are severe, lateral turf drainage may not be sufficient to remove all pitch surface water. In this instance, a secondary field drainage technique is used in addition to the mains drainage.
There are two commonly recommended secondary turf drainage options, sand slits, and grooves, in addition to gravel banding, which are normally used as a sports drainage systems.
Land Drainage Machinery
Our equipment ranges from laser guided Mastenbroeck trenchers and AFT whiz wheels, cutting out trenches, which are immediately piped behind the trench being cut. Spoil from the trench is directly loaded onto the trailers from conveyors fitted on the trenchers.
Backfilling with porous aggregate with our purpose built gravel hoppers immediately behind the pipe ensures contamination is not a problem during field drainage installation.
Secondary Pitch Drainage
Sand slitting is a secondary drainage technique. The slits or trenches, 50-75mm wide and 200-300mm deep, are inserted at 1 – 2m spacing. They are back filled with 2-6mm pea gravel and then topped off with 50-75mm of free draining sand.
Sand grooving is a method of cutting narrow channels or ‘grooves’ and filling them with drainage sand. These slits are cut to various depths and back-filled.
Sand grooving has great benefits in reducing surface water between slit drains. It also re-opens existing drainage systems, connecting with the surface.
For more information about our land drainage contractors, give us a call on 01256 880 488.