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Many leisure centres, schools and clubs in the UK choose to have porous tarmac surfacing installed for sports facilities such as tennis courts, basketball surfaces and multi use games areas. We can offer a number of specialist macadam services for these facilities including full construction, installation, maintenance, and extra equipment.

Our team have worked with many clients and can customise the service to suit whatever you need. Whether you need a completely new facility built or simply a new paint coating for an existing court, we’ll be able to help. Just get in touch and speak to us so we can provide you with a quote for what needs to be done.

What is a Macadam Court?

A macadam court is a type of sports surfacing which is commonly found at schools and clubs. It is a versatile flooring type which can be used to play netball, tennis, basketball and many other activities. Due to the hard wearing and porous qualities, tarmac is an all weather surface which is strong enough to withstand heavy use on a regular basis. This makes macadam sports surfaces ideal for schools and leisure centres who require a long lasting and durable outdoor space.

Macadam surfacing is a popular choice for a wide range of sports courts as it provides ideal ball bounce and slip resistance qualities for tennis, basketball and netball. It is also versatile enough to be used for multi use games areas which house multiple sports on one surface. Tarmac sports surfaces are also porous to allow good water drainage, meaning that the facility is suitable for use all year round and in all weather conditions.

Anti Slip Tarmac Markings

Another of the macadam services we can provide is the application of anti slip paint coatings and line markings. These coatings are usually applied in porous acrylic paint which gives the surface anti skid qualities to enhance performance and safety of players. The formula contains a mixture of sand and aluminium oxide to create the non slip features and improve grip on the court.

Non slip sports court paint can be applied in a range of bright colours and macadam line marking may be added for a single sport or for a number of sports in contrasting colours on a multi use games area. You can even personalise the paint coatings to suit school or team colours, giving your court a unique look and feel which you will be proud of.

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Building a Macadam Sports Facility

As experienced contractors, we can carry out the full installation of one of these facilities. When it comes to macadam surface construction the process is similar for most projects. We will start by preparing the groundworks and installing a stone sub base to lay a stable foundation. The tarmac surfacing itself is made up of stones and hot tar mixed together, the mixture is then laid out onto the sub base. Once this has been left to set and completely cure, we will apply an anti slip paint coating along with the required line markings.

The costs involved with carrying out different macadam services will of course vary for each project depending on a number of variables including the scope of works, the area size of the court and access to site. We can help you manage these costs by adjusting certain aspects of your construction project. For example the specification of any extra equipment such as fencing and floodlights could be changed to help reduce costs. We aim to give you the best possible macadam services at a great value price. Our quotes can be flexible to meet your budget requirements while still giving you the great end product you need.

Maintenance of Tarmac Courts

Although tarmac is a fairly low maintenance sports surface, it is still important to look after it and clean it regularly, we also offer macadam surface maintenance as one of our services. This could be as simple as brushing and pressure washing the surface to remove dirt and debris and prevent it from contaminating the surface. Chemical treatments can also be applied to the surfacing to inhibit the growth of moss and algae, this will help to prevent a loss of water drainage qualities and ensure that the court does not become flooded or waterlogged. Keeping your macadam sport court well looked after can improve the product life and ensure that the facility is safe and performs well for those who use it, so it’s important to take maintenance into account when planning a budget for a construction project.

This video shows maintenance work we carried out for a tennis court which had become extremely contaminated and was covered in moss. We had to clean the dirt from the surface using a pressure washer and a specialist cleaning solution which binds with bacteria and debris to lift it off the court. After all of the moss and dirt has been removed from the macadam surface, we applied a fresh layer of acrylic anti slip paint in a blue and green design. This sports coating is often applied to tennis courts to give better playing characteristics and add slip resistance. Finally, tennis line markings were applied in white to give clear lines for scoring in matches.

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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.

AFC Bournemouth

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!

The costs involved with carrying out different macadam services will of course vary for each project depending on a number of variables including the scope of works, the area size of the court and access to site. We can help you manage these costs by adjusting certain aspects of your construction project. For example the specification of any extra equipment such as fencing and floodlights could be changed to help reduce costs. We aim to give you the best possible macadam services at a great value price. Our quotes can be flexible to meet your budget requirements while still giving you the great end product you need.

Maintenance of Tarmac Courts

Although tarmac is a fairly low maintenance sports surface, it is still important to look after it and clean it regularly, we also offer macadam surface maintenance as one of our services. This could be as simple as brushing and pressure washing the surface to remove dirt and debris and prevent it from contaminating the surface. Chemical treatments can also be applied to the surfacing to inhibit the growth of moss and algae, this will help to prevent a loss of water drainage qualities and ensure that the court does not become flooded or waterlogged. Keeping your macadam sport court well looked after can improve the product life and ensure that the facility is safe and performs well for those who use it, so it’s important to take maintenance into account when planning a budget for a construction project.

This video shows maintenance work we carried out for a tennis court which had become extremely contaminated and was covered in moss. We had to clean the dirt from the surface using a pressure washer and a specialist cleaning solution which binds with bacteria and debris to lift it off the court. After all of the moss and dirt has been removed from the macadam surface, we applied a fresh layer of acrylic anti slip paint in a blue and green design. This sports coating is often applied to tennis courts to give better playing characteristics and add slip resistance. Finally, tennis line markings were applied in white to give clear lines for scoring in matches.

Sports Court Installation Company

Our specialists have been carrying out this work for many years at schools, colleges and clubs across the UK. We are expert macadam surfacing contractors and can complete a range of services from construction to painting for different types of facilities. The work can be fully customised to suit your budget and the playing qualities you need for your court.

Please be sure to contact us if you’d like an estimate of costs for installation, maintenance or painting as part of our macadam services. One of our experienced team members will get back to you with an idea of the costs involved for your project.

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