The students at St Peters High School in Orrell, Wigan were missing out on playing the sports they love as their old pitch had fallen into disrepair and had recently been deemed unsafe due to joint failure. The 6,300m² pitch needed a complete renovation, including new drainage as the area had been prone to holding water and also the sub base needed to be upgraded to an engineered macadam base to strengthen the area and prolong the pitches life expectancy.
The school used architects NPS Group who worked closely with manufacturers Playrite and installer Soft Surfaces to specify the synthetic 3G artificial sports turf Conqueror 40, designed and manufactured by Playrite in West Yorkshire. This was an excellent choice for the school as the 40mm sand and rubber in-filled grass is ideal for football and hockey, is to FA Community standard and FIH Hockey accreditation. What’s more, Playrite’s Conqueror 40 and can be used all year round, in most weather conditions allowing students at the school to get the most out of their pitch. Conqueror 40 was installed onto a shockpad which helps to further prolong the longevity of the surface – with the correct maintenance regime St Peters High School could see their pitch lasting up to ten years. The synthetic turf is then in-filled with sand to support the pile height and then rubber to meet all necessary playing characteristics you would expect from a natural turf.
Steve Orritt, Senior Building Surveyor at NPS Group worked closely with Playrite’s Area Manager Mark Waite and Soft Surfaces’ James Dooley. Mr Orritt explained how due to previous drainage problems he was keen to work closely with both companies to ensure this problem could be resolved. He commented how: “The completed pitch is now a new state of the art sports facility that not only has improved the schools perspective on sport and play but is also a facility that is rented to create additional revenue for the school.” He continues to add how throughout the project he was “very impressed with the help, advice and professionalism shown” by Playrite and Soft Surfaces and the extra commitment given to ensure that the school achieved all its goals.
Mark Waite, Area Sales Manager for Playrite comments: “The final images of St Peters new sports pitch really speak for themselves. Over 6,300m² of Conqueror 40 was laid and the end result is a superb pitch that can be used for hockey as well as football.” Playrite are experts when it comes to manufacturing synthetic surfaces for sports, playgrounds and leisure areas and are the only UK manufacturer to produce woven, tufted and needlepunch surfaces giving them an edge on the competition and highlighting the fact that Playrite offer their customers the best product for an individual project.
The end result from Soft Surfaces installation work with Playrite is a total transformation with the completed pitch turning St Peters Sports Pitch into a state of the art sports facility. The school has managed to save on maintenance costs and even increase revenue as now the pitch can be rented out to the general public to raise extra income for the school.
Alison Jackson, Head of PE: “The new 3G synthetic turf pitch has been a massive improvement on the old sand base surface we used to have. The surface has improved the teaching and pupils have really enjoyed playing on the new surface. Other schools and the community have also benefited from the new surface. It has allowed us to play school fixtures all year round and the synthetic pitch is fully let out in the evenings.”
Futher information on Playrite’s innovative full range of synthetic surfaces is available by calling 01924 412488 or by visiting www.playrite.co.uk.