Sports surface resurfacing

Every type of synthetic sports surface has a finite lifespan and will have to be resurfaced, retextured, re-sprayed, or refurbished at some point.

Once a surface has passed its peak performance, its play characteristics like ball bounce, ball roll, evenness, slide resistance, and ability to permeate rainwater will diminish steadily. Choosing the right time to resurface will depend on budget, safety, and return on investment; and Blakedown are at the ready to offer a complete refurbishment service for any artificial turf pitch, athletics track, or court.

What Blakedown offer...

Blakedown is a civil engineering company specialising in synthetic sports surfaces. Operating for more than fifty years, we have built and resurfaced hundreds of sports venues across the UK, and we offer a wide range of resurfacing and upgrade options for any sports facility.

Whether our clients require a simple replacement of the playing surface, an extension of the dimensions of a surface, a change-of-use transformation from one type of surface to another, or an upgrade to meet new performance standards, they can be sure of a first class service from our dedicated contracts teams.

Blakedown can replace or upgrade any type of synthetic sports surface

Case Study | Resurfacing

Blakedown Sport & Play are very proud to have been involved with the refurbishment works at Southgate Hockey Club in Hertfordshire. Major fund-raising efforts by members of the first division club made it possible for both of the full-size pitches to be resurfaced.

  • Client: Southgate Hockey Club
  • Contract Type: JCT with CD
  • Contract Value: £350,000
  • Build Time: 7 weeks

Edel's high-specification hockey product Triple-T was the sports turf selected for both the water-based and sand-dressed pitches, offering a high ball speed with good grip and low friction, ideal for top-level competition hockey.

3G Pitch Resurfacing

Blakedown are tennis court construction specialists offering a choice of sand-dressed, sand-filled, acrylic-coated, Advantage Red Court, tarmac, polymeric, and American clay tennis surfaces all built to LTA standards and including fencing, floodlighting and socket installation.

As principal contractor members of the Sport & Play Construction Association, our clients can be sure of a first class service for constructing their tennis court.

Blakedown resurfacing the 3G pitch at the Park Community School in Barnstaple

Astroturf Pitch Resurfacing

Blakedown can resurface or upgrade any sand-filled (astroturf) or sand-dressed artificial turf pitch including replacing or repairing the shockpad, replacing or upgrading the choice of playing surface, and installing the sand infill.

We offer various yarn types, pile heights, face weights and colours; and our dedicated contracts teams are ready to complete a surface to suit any budget or performance requirement.

Disposing old astroturf carpet before resurfacing at Swan Pool Leisure Centre in Buckingham

Athletics Track Resurfacing

Blakedown have the experience and expertise to resurface any athletics track including porous, sandwich, and solid systems.

We can repair or resurface the shockpad, lay the textured rubber EPDM playing surface, apply the polyurethane top-coat, and mark out the lines of the track and sprint straight.

Blakedown resurfacing an athletics track for Powys City Council

Polymeric MUGA Resurfacing

A polymeric MUGA is a multi-use surface suitable for netball, basketball, tennis, mini-football, quick cricket, and badminton. As such, polymeric games areas tend to get a lot of usage which wears the system down.

Blakedown can provide every aspect of the polymeric resurfacing operation including shockpad repairs or replacement, line marking, and ancillary works to fencing and floodlighting. In addition, we can supply replacement polymeric surfaces in almost any colour.

Resurfacing a red polymeric multi-use games area in Leicestershire

Tarmac MUGA and Court Resurfacing

The two main hazards affecting tarmac surfaces are the roots of weeds and mosses burrowing into the surface and cracking up the top layer, and water permeating through the open-textured surface, freezing, and then cracking it from within.

Our services include the complete resurfacing of tarmac MUGA's and courts, application of a binder course to protect the surface from fretting, spraying an acrylic anti-slip coat, and line marking.

Blakedown resurfacing an athletics track for Powys City Council

5-a-side Pitch Resurfacing

As the exclusive construction partner of Goals Soccer Centres, Blakedown have good experience in resurfacing 5-a-side pitches that are used intensively.

Our services include resurfacing or upgrading 3G, sand-dressed, astroturf, polymeric, and tarmac 5-a-sides and MUGA's, and we are also able to convert one surface to another to suit the changing requirements of our clients and their users.

Installing goal areas on resurfaced 5-a-side football pitches at Southside Sport Centre, Wolverhampton

Surface Suitability

Planning a synthetic sports facility for a combination of sports will involve compromise, and trying to accomodate too many sports on one surface will diminish quality.

The following table is designed to offer a rough guide for surface to sport suitability. For a more in-depth consultation, please feel free to call or email us.

Football

Sand-filled
Sand-dressed
Water-based
Tarmac
Acrylic-coated Tarmac
Polymeric
3G 40mm pile
3G 50mm pile
3G 60-65mm pile

Rugby

Sand-filled
Sand-dressed
Water-based
Tarmac
Acrylic-coated Tarmac
Polymeric
3G 40mm pile
3G 50mm pile
3G 60-65mm pile

Hockey

Sand-filled
Sand-dressed
Water-based
Tarmac
Acrylic-coated Tarmac
Polymeric
3G 40mm pile
3G 50mm pile
3G 60-65mm pile

Tennis

Sand-filled
Sand-dressed
Water-based
Tarmac
Acrylic-coated Tarmac
Polymeric
3G 40mm pile
3G 50mm pile
3G 60-65mm pile

Netball

Sand-filled
Sand-dressed
Water-based
Tarmac
Acrylic-coated Tarmac
Polymeric
3G 40mm pile
3G 50mm pile
3G 60-65mm pile

Basketball

Sand-filled
Sand-dressed
Water-based
Tarmac
Acrylic-coated Tarmac
Polymeric
3G 40mm pile
3G 50mm pile
3G 60-65mm pile
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