Blakedown Sport & Play were chosen for the construction of a 34.75m x 17m 3G multi-use games area for volleyball and 5-a-side football at Loughborough University’s Games Park.
A new, state-of-the-art, full-size, artificial turf pitch for rugby and football was built using Edel's 'Touchdown' 3G sports turf laid onto a Dynamic stone base with 25mm shockpad. Heavy duty twin-bar fencing was installed to surround the pitch, and the eight column floodlighting system allows the pitch to be leased out during evenings all year round.
Situated next to the university’s EHB sand-dressed pitch, an extensive cut and fill operation was required together with the construction of a new retaining wall, new tarmac access paths and landscaped grass banks. The MUGA was built onto an engineered base of tarmac with full drainage system, and the 3G rubber-filled playing surface selected for the pitch was Edel's Superblade sports turf. Sports lines seamed into the turf include a central volleyball court with 5-a-side football goal areas at each end.
The facility was completed with 3m high twinbar fencing along three sides, 1.2m high spectator fencing down the remaining side, and recessed goal ends; all painted in the purple colour of Loughborough Sport: Pantone 269c. Blakedown also installed four corner floodlights, purple-coloured spectator seating, and retractable divider netting. Fittingly, Loughborough University was named 'University of the year for sport' in The Times Good University Guide 2014 after the MUGA had been completed.
Location: Epinal Way, Loughborough, LE11 3TU