Tiger Turf EvoPro X Sand-dressed Pitch

Client: Hampshire County Council

Contract Type: JCT

Contract Value: £172,000

Build Time: 10 weeks

Location: Romsey Road, Winchester, SO22 5PN

Blakedown Sport & Play are the first contractor in the UK to lay the new Tiger Turf Evo Pro X sports turf for Kings School in Winchester.

The high-spec sand-dressed carpet lined for hockey and football replaces the existing worn out sand-filled pitch that had become extremely dilapidated. After removing the carpet, tests and inspections were carried out on the existing shockpad,and localised repairs were carried out to bring it up to standard prior to the new carpet being laid.

To save the stripped carpet going to landfill, and to help conform to environmental policies held by the school, Blakedown used off-cuts around the school site to surface entranceways and paths. Cricket bays and a putting green were also resurfaced with the old turf, and sections were used to cover muddy areas along the school's cross country route.

The pitch is the jewel in the crown of the school's excellent sporting facilities.

- Deputy Head, Gwyn Evans

Upon completion the school held a grand opening ceremony to celebrate the newly refurbished pitch, which also hosts Winchester Hockey Club home games. Members from England Hockey, former Olympian and Winchester Hockey Club President Simon Hazlit, and Great Britain and England defender Richard Mantell all attended.