The composition of a polymeric sports surface is essentially granules of rubber held together by a binding agent of polyurethane and sprayed with a high-traction, coloured top-coat. This composite is laid onto a solid base, principally tarmac, and retained by kerbing.
The most common application of polymeric surfacing in sport is for athletics running tracks, but it is also popular for tennis, netball and basketball courts, multi-use games areas, and indoor sports floors. As with most synthetic sports surfaces, the polymeric system is available in a range of specifications to meet different performance standards.
Polymeric running track with hurdles
Polymeric running track at Paddington Recreation Ground in London
Polymeric MUGA at Jarrow Road for Haringey Council
Polymeric 9-a-side football pitch with four netball courts
Polymeric running track at Hereford Leisure Centre
Astroturf pitch at Greenhead School
Polymeric multi-use games area at Thamesview School in Gravesend
A red-coloured polymeric multi-use games area
Polymeric games area with mini sprint track, short tennis courts, mini-soccer and bastetball
Type 3 MUGA designated for netball with additional sports lines for tennis and basketball
Green polymeric MUGA for Gladesmore School
Running track construction for Enterprise Peterborough
Blakedown is an award-winning specialist sports surfacing contractor with more than fifty years experience in high quality sports civil engineering projects. We offer polymeric surfacing for a range of applications and sports, and we offer a completely in-house design and build service for athletics running tracks and multi-use games area construction.
Our services include porous, sandwich, and solid track systems, full-size polymeric football pitches, and Type 3 and Type 4 games areas.
Blakedown Sport & Play were employed by main contractor Kier to provide a polymeric MUGA at Uxbridge College in Middlesex. The 32m x 25m surface was coloured in blue and lined for three courts: tennis in white, basketball in red, and netball in yellow.
Floodlights were installed within the site footprint and columns fitted with crash-padding to maintain safety. The MUGA was completed with 3m high green-coloured twin-bar fencing. Blakedown also installed the 5-a-side 3G football pitch adjacent to the MUGA with shared floodlighting scheme.
For athletics tracks, the main choice of surface is between porous, sandwich, and solid: the difference being in performance specification, lifespan, and cost.
For multi-use games areas, a polymeric surface is suitable for netball, football, basketball, tennis, badminton, volleyball, athletics and sprint training, and as a general recreation area. Pre-designated MUGA types 'Type 3' and Type 4' are specified for netball and football on polymeric respectively.