Construction of sports facilities must be done to high standard that will fulfil the criteria set by bodies such as LTA, ITF and SAPCA. UK tennis court construction designs and specifications vary depending on the budget and requirements of the institution that wants the facility installed, this allows a lot of flexibility for the client in designing a perfect surface for themselves and the players who will be using the facility.
Our team can complete this work at many locations including schools, sports clubs, leisure centres and domestic gardens. Please feel free to speak to us if you’d like to enquire about building a tennis facility. Just use the quick contact box to send over your details and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Tennis Facility Installation
The tennis court construction process starts off with groundworks so we need to know if there is an existing sub base or whether or not we need to install one. For most sports surfaces that we install, the sub base will begin with a layer of porous stones which are compacted together to form a solid base.
We use angular stones which fit together easily to ensure stability as well as porosity due to the gaps between the stones. Macadam will then be laid on top of these compacted stones to create a smooth and seamless surface. If the court is going to stay as a macadam sports facility, a simple spray coating will then be added and the construction is complete. However for other surface specifications, the tarmac acts as a solid and porous base.
After the sub base has been put down we can begin laying the desired surface for the client, the specifications we install can include:
- Polymeric Rubber Crumb
- Synthetic Sand Filled Turf
- Artificial Clay
All of these surfaces are porous allowing for water drainage so they are suitable for all weather usage, giving the sports court usability all year round; this is a great quality to have for schools. After the surface has been laid down we can carry out the colour coating and professional line marking. The paint being used for UK tennis court construction is polyurethane or acrylic based paint that has an aggregate within it that allows for the players to have more grip and traction giving it anti slip properties. This specially designed paint helps to maintain the performance qualities on the surface, as well as keeping it safe for players and reducing the risk of injuries.
Tennis Court Construction Builders Costs
The price for building these facilities can vary dramatically depending on the design and specifications of the sports facility in question. The main variable for the price is the size and dimensions, as well as the surface type you choose. For a professional high quality court they have to be within the specific size measurement for tennis court surfaces, the dimensions of the area being 23.77m x 10.97m with the lines being a total of 50mm width ways. Whereas if you are using the court for recreational uses, the court can be a smaller size meaning that it’s easier to fit within your budget.
In many cases, schools might choose to have the facility built with smaller dimensions to fit into existing space. This is because the area probably won’t be used for professional competitions but just for PE lessons and after school activities. Commercial clubs are more likely to have the full sized installation as these surfaces will be used to a higher standard of play.
Accessories and Equipment
There are lots of different variables that you can take into account to change the price such as sport fencing around the courts, this obviously will add costs to the price but are beneficial in stopping loss of balls and wasted time retrieving balls and also reduces the chance of any vandalism causing repairs or resurfacing to be needed. Extra equipment can also transform the court into a multi use facility. Have a look at this page which explains the various surfacing repair services that our tennis court builders can provide – https://www.sportsandsafetysurfaces.co.uk/sports/tennis/repair/
Part of the construction process includes applying specialist paint and line markings to the surface which allow accurate scoring in competitive matches. The video below shows the process of applying an acrylic non slip coating to an existing macadam surface.
Prior to the application of a new sports court paint coating it is vital to thoroughly clean the existing surface to ensure that any dirt, debris or leaves are lifted away from the court. This will help the paint to stick correctly onto the court surface itself, giving the paint an even finish which will be long lasting. For this particular project, the client chose to have the main playing area painted in purple with white line markings and the surrounding runoff in green.
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!
Tennis Court Builders
Our specialist tennis court builders can offer many services which are tailored to your needs and budget. As well as construction of these facilities, we can also carry out aftercare of the flooring to keep it in top condition. Ongoing cleaning and maintenance plans are available, and even though they will add additional costs to the price it’ll be an investment in the long term. This is because it will stop repairs from being needed or even resurfacing that can prove to be very costly for your organisation. We would advise having a regular cleaning and maintenance plan in place once the facility has been installed. This work can consist of jet washing, brushing and reapplying anti slip paint to ensure a safe and durable playing surface.
Please get in touch with us via our contact form if you’d like to discuss a tennis court construction project in more detail, and if you need a quote to carry out installation works at your organisation. You can just fill in the contact form on this page with your details and tell us what you need so we can offer our professional advice.
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