We offer rugby pitch construction services throughout the UK for many facilities using the best quality materials and designs. Our team have worked with many clients to design and install these sports surfaces, and we provide excellent value prices for these projects.
This installation work is carried out at a number of organisations throughout the UK, including schools, colleges, universities, sports clubs and leisure centres. The installation of a 3G synthetic rugby pitch is similar to the installation of an artificial turf football pitch; however rugby usually needs longer pile 3G grass (60mm), and of course requires different line marking. The first process involves completion of the groundworks including excavation, installation of porous sub base, edging and compaction.
Building the Sub Base
The sub base installed will be either an engineered sub base or a dynamic sub base dependent on specification. An engineered sub base for a rugby pitch construction includes the installation of macadam which provides a very flat and even surface which is durable and can ensure that the artificial turf pitch stays in top condition for a number of years. A dynamic sub base consists angular pieces of stone which lock together to give a level playing surface, the dynamic sub base also provides good shock absorption to increase safety and playing characteristics of some sports.
3G Pitch Shockpad Installation
When building artificial turf rugby pitches, it is always necessary to install a shockpad between the sub base and the 3G playing surface, this provides impact absorption to improve playing characteristics and reduce the risk of injury to players’ muscles and joints. The different shockpads available for long pile 3G rugby pitches include:
Rubber Shockpad – These are made from 2mm-6mm Styrene Butadene Rubber (SBR) rubber crumb which can be laid by hand or by machine, depending on the area size and the specification of the surface.
Prefabricated Shockpad – These are designed to reduce movement and creasing of the synthetic grass surface and can be installed in depths ranging from 10mm-35mm.
Rebounce Shockpad – A foam shockpad which is designed to absorb impact and provide cushioning for players as well as ball rebound. Rebounce shockpads are porous to allow water drainage and can be easily installed on site.
Costs of Building Synthetic Rugby Field
Once the foundations and shockpad have been installed for the rugby pitch construction, the next step is the installation of the artificial turf carpet playing surface. The long pile 3G grass is laid over the sub base and the grass fibres are then filled with an infill of either sand or a combination of sand and rubber crumb particles. This infill helps to keep the grass fibres upright to give good performance characteristics and to ensure that the surface doesn’t become slippery and unsafe.
The costs of rugby pitch construction can vary depending on a number of factors. These factors can include the dimensions and area size of the surface, the specification of artificial grass and shockpads you require, location and whether you would like to install floodlighting and fencing for your facility. Prices and quotes for building a synthetic grass rugby field can be tailored to suit each individual budget and specification. This means you can have full control over the design of your artificial surface to ensure that it meets the requirements of your organisation without going over budget.
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!
Rugby Surfacing Specifications
The advancement in technology of artificial grass rugby surfacing means that the grass fibres are more UV stable to prevent colour fading from sunlight exposure, as well as requiring less maintenance and having greater durability and longevity. These qualities all help to reduce future costs for your organisation by reducing the need for intensive maintenance to repair damage, and resurfacing which can be expensive. Please use our enquiry form to get in touch with us if you need any advise in regards to the installation of a synthetic sports pitch, we can offer you product sheets and costs for a range of specifications.
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