The Groundsman

April 2013

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the Groundsman April 2013 IOG BEST PRACTICE 25 ��� We left no stone unturned in creating this top-class training facility ��� Sustainability, history and ecology Construction of pitches Plan showing pitch irrigation - the blue and green circles denote water coverage Sustainability is at the core of the design and construction of THFC���s new training facility where the main building incorporates changing areas, a tactics room, a medical suite and a rehabilitation gym, a fitness suite, a swimming pool and hydrotherapy suite, a first team recreation room, a dining area, office areas, a media centre and a laundry room: ��� 30 per cent improvement on current Building Regulations ��� 15 per cent energy from renewable sources ��� Combined heat and power and aqua thermal energy systems (���comfort cooling���) ��� Fully-integrated building and landscape drainage (at the rate of 280 litres per second) and irrigation (including the construction of a lake) ��� Green roofs ��� Extensive ecological habitat and nature reserve area ��� No materials (ie from groundworks) taken off-site ��� There are also areas for composting and waste recycling, and an allotment is currently underway to supply the chefs with fresh vegetables. Heritage & ecology ��� Existing hedgerows maintained and reinforced ��� New hedgerow, tree and shrub planting ��� New wildflower meadow and scrub areas ��� New ecological enhancement areas ��� Aquatic planting. Eddie Seaward at the AELTC Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions

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