Designing a new facility

Designing a new sports surface is a three part process: first, agreeing a concept that will best meet the needs of the players and best suit the sports to be played. Second, deciding a design and construction proposition that will offer the proprietor best value-for-money and longevity. Third, finalising a design and specification that will be granted planning permission.

If applying for funding from a local authority or funding body, a fourth consideration is to create a vision that improves upon existing facilities in the area and enhances community access to sport.

Our Services | Design and Build

Blakedown is one of the UK's largest and longest established sports construction contractors specialising in synthetic sports surfaces. We offer a complete in-house design and build process for all types of synthetic surface.

Which surface can accomodate which sports? Which surfaces require a shockpad? Which surfaces are best for a combination of sports? How long does each type of surface last? There are many factors to consider in the design process and a good design will take into consideration accessibility, usability, surface to sport compatibility, sustainability, maintenance requirements, lighting, risk avoidance and health and safety, cost effectiveness, return on investment, and security.

With over fifty years experience in the industry, why not contact Blakedown Sport & Play for advice and information about the construction of your new sports pitch.

Seb Coe opening Blakedown's redeveloped athletics track at the Queen Elizabeth II stadium in north London
Feasibility Studies and Site Inspection
We are happy to discuss options for situating, planning, and building any new sports facility. For larger projects, we are happy to come to site and offer design and planning advice , take measurements, and talk through sport and surface options for the proposed facility.
Conceptualisation and Budget Forecasting
We can advise on the design and specification of pitches, tracks, courts, and multi-use games areas. We offer guidance on surface to sport compatibility, optimised fencing and floodlighting layouts, sports lines specification and recommendations for ideal points of access. Once a proposition has been established, we can provide budget prices and 3D CAD drawings so that every member of the project team can visualise the proposed facility.
CAD Design showing a proposed 3G artificial turf football pitch with new fencing and floodlighting systems
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