The Groundsman

August 2012

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the Groundsman August 2012 FEATURE 13 conditions which require wide-ranging expertise to ensure natural turf thrives, whatever the conditions. I have worked with many clients across Eastern Europe who didn't believe a natural grass pitch would grow at all in their city, due to extremely hot summers and cold winters. The client is often pleasantly surprised at the results." Countries such as Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are extremely hot in summer and relatively cold in winter, while the prevailing low humidity means the difference between day and night temperatures is high. The finished product - after re-turfing at Galatasaray "It signals an important step forward for countries in Eastern Europe to be able to host one of those big events," Ilyas stresses, who adds that some states still have a way to go yet. "In one of our recent projects in Turkmenistan, we built the sports fields and the infrastructure has been put in place yet, to date, they have not been used because there is currently no football league or national team." "Turkmenistan has been selected to host the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in 2017, so is eager to boost public interest in sports, which they are doing through big stadium projects such as this one." The Ashgabat Stadium and Sports Complex in Turkmenistan was SIS EE's first contract, with work commencing in 2011 to build natural and synthetic new cs series- pitches in the capital Ashgabat at the new national stadium. The project began in late February 2011, taking three months to complete and saw SIS work alongside Turkish construction company Polimeks to install three natural and two synthetic pitches. Mobilising three trucks of equipment and laying almost 25,000 m3 of sand and gravel at five pitches, SIS worked round the clock, with temperatures often reaching 45-50 °C. All materials had to be delivered from abroad, (Portugal, Germany, Holland and Turkey) because of limited local resources and nothing available to match the quality required. "SIS has successfully delivered projects from Africa to Moscow, Portugal to Iraq and the UK to Uzbekistan, but all these countries have markedly different climatic ailable ei "The climatic variations do not allow us to maintain the best pitches throughout the whole year with just one variety of grass. Of fundamental importance to the playing performance is the selection of grasses, and the decision normally lies between cool season grasses that grow better in the colder months and warm season ones that thrive in the hot summer conditions, while lying dormant when temperatures fall below 12-14ºC. "In Ashgabat, however, there was no clear choice as the summers are hot and the winters are cold. Therefore, we selected a warm season grass – Bermuda - overseeded with a cool season ryegrass for the winter." The timing of the construction (May) was the main influence on this decision, he adds: "Temperatures reached almost 45o C." The sand chosen for the Ashgabat project travelled over 800 kms to site and compliance with customs and excise procedures demanded advanced planning and communications to deliver the project on time. new cs series- aava lable ex c usive y fromely frlclusivl om ot uk/kiiotii for more in orm tion, go t V28 or more infformaation, go too stand V28 recommended s

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