With any large scale sports pitch construction project, it’s difficult to know where to start when it comes to design, specifications, finding a contractor, applying for planning permission and then completing the work itself. The role of artificial football pitch consultants is to guide you through the whole process from start to finish, ensuring that you get the perfect outdoor surface for your school, club or private sports facility. We can carry out these checks and provide you with a quote to complete the installation project.
In the early stages of developing a specification for installing a synthetic grass sports surface, artificial football pitch consultants will first carry out feasibility studies to decide whether or not it’s possible to build a new 3G football pitch on that particular area of land. A site survey which involves a number of topographical tests will be done to assess the ground conditions and physical features of the existing area of land to see if it’s stable enough to meet the requirements of an artificial sports pitch construction.
Artificial Football Pitch Design
The next part of an artificial football pitch consultants’ job is to help create a design and specification for the sports pitch which will make a perfect outdoor football facility to suit the needs of the individual project. The artificial football pitch design will include a specification of synthetic grass carpet, plans for drainage and irrigation, and precise area size and dimensions for the proposed sports pitch. The designs which artificial football pitch consultants create can vary greatly for each installation depending on the requirements of the final synthetic pitch as it could be a full sized professional standard surface, a 5-a-side recreational facility or anything in between.
Once the artificial football pitch design and specification has been put together in a thoroughly detailed document along with health and safety risk assessments, this can then be sent out to tender to a number of sports pitch contractors. Each construction company will then submit their price for the work to the artificial football pitch consultants and the contractor with the most competitive quote will win the job.
Sports Pitch Planning Permission
Before any construction work can begin on a new synthetic sports pitch, there is the issue of obtaining planning permission for the project. Artificial football pitch consultants can help you with applying for planning permission to make sure that your application shows how the new synthetic football pitch will be an improvement to the existing sports facilities or will provide a high quality new facility. Once planning permission has been granted for the sports pitch construction, the project can begin and site supervision will be carried out by experienced professionals to ensure the quality of work is up to the highest standards. Quality control tests will also be carried out for the materials supplied to check that the specified products are used in the football pitch installation process.
Specialist Surface Testing
After the construction of the new synthetic sports pitch has been completed, artificial football pitch consultants will carry out performance and safety testing to make sure that the final surface has the best playability and safety qualities for the activities that the pitch is going to be used for. Different characteristics such as ball bounce, ball roll and water permeability can be checked by the artificial football pitch architects to ensure a top quality playing surface for football training and matches.
We recommend having these testing processes carried out annually to assess the flooring and determine whether any maintenance is needed. Things like compaction and infill contamination can be found through carrying out tests, and reactive cleaning or repairs can then be administered. By keeping an eye on the facility and checking for any damage, you can help to keep it in top condition for as long as possible.
Woodhouse grove school
Soft Surfaces won a competitive tender to supply and install a new 6528 m² all weather pitch, marked for football, rugby union and three 5-a-side pitches. There is storage at one end for posts and equipment and the complex is enclosed by a 3m high rebound fence. Lighting columns were erected along the perimeter, and lighting bollards to the access path. A large-scale earthworks scheme was undertaken to create a plateau some 900mm above the 100-year flood level in order to accommodate the pitch. SS worked over weekends and during the normal Christmas shutdown to minimise delays.
When AFC Bournemouth wanted to create a new training surface, we looked into the various options. We discussed the performance and playing characteristics of a variety of surfaces. In the summer, we chose a 3G surface (Rhino Turf VT40) which was supplied and installed by Soft Surfaces Ltd. We chose the Rebounce shock-pad to compliment the VT40 surface, as it met the performance, quality and the most natural appearance – so much more realistic in looks, feel and performance than other synthetic surfaces. We have found Soft Surfaces to be very professional and easy to deal and work with.
Banister Primary School
We believe we received good value for money by opting to use Soft Surfaces and would like to thank the team for making it painless and stress-free installation experience. We were particularly impressed with the degree of flexibility your exercised as we wanted to change the perimeter area. It’s also important that I state how impressed we were with the cleanliness and tidiness of the work; the site was spotless upon completion. Likewise, the after service has been good and we appreciate that you’ve stayed in touch to make sure we were pleased with the end product. In summary i would be happy to reccomend Soft Surfaces without hesitation or reservation; it was a pleasure doing business with you!
Activity For All
Soft Surfaces came to run a brief presentation on the advantages of their product and why he felt that this was best value and straight away we understood what we was getting as a product, service and installation. I am more than happy with how the project ran with it being delivered ontime, within budget and now have a great football artificial 3G surface. I would strongly recommend dealing with James Dooley at Soft Surfaces who will talk you through the various costs, specifications and finer details because would definitely like to point out that the cheapest is not always the best value. Massive thank you to the team for providing us now with a thriving new facility!
Golborne High School
I would like to express my thanks to all the staff at Soft Surfaces Ltd for helping our school in the upgrade of our MUGA flooring. We were experiencing serious problems with contaminated sand causing flooding and making the surface dangerous under foot. You undertook a site visit and carried out an infill contamination assessment to investigate the problems. This identified that the sand infill needed replacing to bring the facility back to its correct playing characteristics and porous again. The PE staff in school are extremely impressed with the impact of the work undertaken and have commented that it has made a significant improvement to the MUGA surface. I would certainly recommend Soft Surfaces!
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If you’re thinking about installing a new synthetic sports pitch at your school or club and you need some advice from artificial football pitch consultants, please get in touch with us through our contact form.
We have built many 3G artificial sports surfaces in a range of designs and area sizes at locations throughout the UK and we would be happy to assist you in creating the perfect specification for your new outdoor sports facility. You can find out more on all of the products and services we specialise in by visiting https://www.sportsandsafetysurfaces.co.uk/ which shows our full range of outdoor sports surfaces including artificial pitches, MUGA courts and athletics tracks.
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