Sand Dressed Pitch Construction

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Many schools and clubs across the UK now choose to have synthetic turf sports facilities. One type of artificial grass we use has a thin layer of sand across the top of the carpet. We call this sand dressing, and it’s ideal for facilities where you play hockey.

Building a 2G Sand Dressed Pitch

Sand dressed pitch construction starts off with the creation of the ground works and foundations. We first have to excavate the site for the sand dressed pitch construction, this is measured out to the specification that the clients have given us to ensure the facility is the right size. The foundations must be applied to a sub base; the sub base ensures that the sports pitch remains flat, so the playing surface is completely even.

The sand dressed pitch will be an all-weather surface, allowing for the facility to be used all year round. With sand dressed pitch construction there are a lot of variables that you can change to customize your sports pitch to suit your institution, for example you can have fencing installed around the surface, or you could have sports floodlighting installed to light up the surface, allowing for usage during the night time. The pitch is sand dressed to give the users some grip and also to make sure that the pile height remains the same throughout.


Costs to Install Sand Dressed Surfacing

The costs to install sand dressed surfacing will vary from job to job depending on a few factors, the main factor being the size and dimensions of the sports facility the institution requires, as obviously the more materials and labour needed to construct the sand dressed surfacing, the more expensive the job will be.

The costs to install sand dressed surfacing will also depend on any extra features you would like yours sports facility to have such as fencing, floodlighting or having a shock pad installed for extra safety. However we do offer variants of each, so you can get a cheaper option of fencing for you facility, this allows the customer more freedom over the specification of the sand dressed surfacing, helping them stick within their budget.

Another method that can keep costs down in the long term is the pro-actively maintain yours sports pitch, this will ensure that any long term repairs and resurfacing isn’t needed due to the sports pitch being properly maintained. This will also make the pitch safer and the performance characteristics better.

We aim to offer high quality products and services for a reasonable price. This gives the customer as much freedom as they like to keep within their budgets. We do this by reducing the costs to install sand dressed surfacing, but still producing a high quality product.


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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If you want to get a quote for installing one of these facilities, please get in touch with our team today. We’d be happy to provide more information on sand dressed pitch construction as well as the other services we offer. Designs and prices can vary for each project so make sure to give us as much information as you can.

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