Macadam Surface Specification

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When it comes to building sports courts, the macadam surfacing specification is a popular option. This is a hard surface which is very durable and offers ideal playing qualities for many sports. Schools will often choose to have this flooring installed for a multi use games area because it is so versatile and is strong enough to withstand heavy usage.

We are able to install the tarmac surface design along with coloured paint coatings to achieve a number of performance characteristics. Please feel free to speak with our team if you need advice on the specifications or prices for this work. Just fill in the enquiry form on this page and let us know what you’re looking for so we can put together a quote.

Tarmac Surfacing Designs

Macadam sports court surfaces are popular at a number of sports facilities throughout the UK as they are durable and hard wearing, as well as requiring relatively little maintenance. A macadam surfacing specification can be different for each project, but these sports surfaces generally come in two types – Type 1 MUGA which is ideal for basketball and tennis, and type 2 MUGA which has a slightly higher slip resistance rating to provide the perfect surface for netball. Every macadam surfacing specification needs to include a sub base which is made up of reduced fines angular stone, this permeable sub base allows water to pass through the surface, meaning the macadam court can be used as an all weather facility. Once the sub base and the porous macadam surface have been installed, the next part of the macadam surfacing specification is painting and line marking. These paint coatings are applied in either polyurethane or acrylic paint which is mixed with aluminium oxide and sand to create anti slip qualities and improve the grip of the macadam sports surface.  Line markings are also applied in a range of contrasting colours for individual sports or for multiple sports on a multi use games area.

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Hard Court Facility Equipment

With a macadam surfacing specification, you can also choose to install extra equipment such as fencing and floodlighting to create a top quality overall sports facility which you can make the most out of. The specifications for this extra sports court equipment can also be altered to fit within your budget as some fencing and floodlighting designs are cheaper than others. However it’s important to make sure you have the best quality sport surfacing and equipment installed for your organisation to ensure you get great performance characteristics and to keep the facility safe. Our team have worked on a lot of different projects where macadam sport surfaces have been installed, please feel free to contact us by filling in the quick form if you’d like some advice on costs for our services.

Specifications for Macadam Sports Courts

Just like any sports facility, the specifications for macadam sports courts can vary greatly for each individual project. The macadam surfacing specification for each different construction job can depend on a number of variables including the type of surfacing you want to install, the existing conditions of the area and any extra equipment you want to include as part of the macadam sports court installation process. We can help design a macadam surfacing specification which gives you a durable, top quality sports facility but also sticks within your budget requirements to ensure you are completely happy with the overall results.

The different specifications for macadam sports courts also have an effect on the overall costs of the surfacing installation, as a larger sized court with fencing and floodlighting will of course be more expensive than a smaller court without any additional equipment or accessories. It’s important to keep all aspects of the macadam surfacing specification in mind when deciding on a budget for the construction project, this way you will get the sports facility you need at a price your organisation can afford.


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!

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One of our experts can talk you through all of the services we offer and provide you with more details on the costs of the macadam surfacing specification. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any specific requirements, and let us know if you need to stick to a certain budget.

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