Construction:
Natural Grass Pitches

Being the leading provider of artificial surfacing systems, people might assume that we only work with sports pitches and areas of the synthetic variety. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We are regularly engaged with the design and installation of natural grass facilities, very often where the client needs a mix of surface types and wants a single expert to manage and deliver the whole project.

The company heritage actually lies in natural grass construction and horticulture, and many our team originally developed their design, engineering and management skills within the groundsmanship sector.
We feel this background and knowledge gives us a genuinely holistic understanding of sports facility provision and thereby grants us a unique advantage.

The programme of works for a new natural grass sports pitch could be:

  • Ground clearance
  • Preparation of levels
  • Lateral drainage system
  • Sand amelioration
  • Preparation of seed bed
  • Fertilisation
  • Seeding
  • Rolling
  • Post-establishment decompaction and rolling
  • Over-seeding
  • Initial mowing
  • Maintenance and aftercare

Our in-house project delivery team is supported where appropriate by associate advisors who input specific specialisms to enhance our skills set and underwrite quality assurance.

Natural grass training pitch – part of a mixed facility complex at Elmbridge Xcel Sports Hub

The following are just a few of our natural grass facility commissions:

Swanmore College

  • Full size rugby pitch
  • Major landscaping works
  • Swale balancing pond

Horspath Sports Park

  • Three full size football pitches
  • Two 9 a side football pitches
  • Three 7 a side football pitches
  • Goalkeeper practice area
  • Two cricket grounds
  • Natural habitat area
  • Supplementary landscaping

Farleigh School

  • Cricket outfield

Royal Holloway University of London Sports Centre

  • Cricket square

Elmbridge Xcel Sports Hub

  • Football training pitch
  • Landscaped amenity areas

Hampton School

  • Sports pitches
  • Two cricket squares

Hart Leisure Centre

  • Two mini sports pitches
Farleigh School remodelled cricket outfield

Farleigh School remodelled cricket outfield

Natural grass pitches under construction Horspath Sports Park

Royal Holloway University

Royal Holloway University of London Sports Centre new cricket square

You will see that as well as sports performance areas, supplementary landscaping is a regular constituent of our work. This increasingly encompasses zones which have an additional or specific role to play in the facility estate.

For instance, ecological or habitat areas are becoming a feature of many extended projects. Often this involves liaison with external specialists in

wildlife, natural history or archaeology which is something we are very happy and well-resourced to embrace.

Our in-built working practices and general contracting methodology is particularly suited to ‘sensitive’ environments requiring extra degrees of care and attention to detail.

Swanmore College design detail

Swanmore College design detail

Natural grass rugby pitch and swale balancing pond at Swanmore College

Design for the new Horspath Sports Park