The Groundsman

October 2012

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the Groundsman October 2012 FEATURE 27 Refurbish rather than replace Well known as an ECB code of practice NTP (Non Turf Pitch) installer and for its own ECB-approved tp365 match and practice systems, total-play has found itself helping a growing number of organisations to refurbish existing facilities, as this report shows The company has recently completed a host of refurbishment projects including The Royal Parks agency in London's The Regent's Park, Prebendal School in Chichester, Wivenhoe CC in Essex and Berkshire's Sulhampstead & Ufton CC. At The Regent's Park, home to Central London's largest area for grass sports, the company refurbished four non-turf match pitches originally installed as part of a project funded by a grant from the Lord's Taverners in 2007. The project involved the removal of the existing playing surface carpets and shock pads, and the trimming back of the grass, top and sub-soil to allow the existing stone sub-base to be agitated and re-levelled. A new pitching shock pad was installed to the full length (30 m) of each pitch, and a new Wilton Woven carpet was laid to provide a fresh playing surface. The other projects, meanwhile, involved the refurbishment of non-turf practice facilities. Chichester Cathedral's historic Prebendal School, a co-educational day/boarding school for children aged 3– 13 years, was home to an existing five-lane practice facility of considerable age; constructed from a concrete pad and chain link fencing. With a strong focus on cricket in the school's sporting curriculum, the nets were no longer fit for purpose so a fund- raising initiative was launched by the PTA for the refurbishment project. total-play was selected to undertake the work, which included the installation of new socketed steelwork, black knotted netting, new shockpads and a new high performance playing carpet. At Wivenhoe CC, the club originally used internal resources to construct a three- lane non-turf practice system with steel cage, which had become unsuitable for continued use. total-play was commissioned to remove the existing steelwork and install a new two-lane socketed 18.3 m steel cage complete with the company's Protection Tunnel netting system, which forms a 'cocoon' in each lane to protect users from errant flying balls from adjacent lanes. Work included digging into a macadam sub-base to install 500 mm deep sockets to support galvanised steelwork 18.3 m long x 3.65 m wide x 4 m high in each lane. Sulhampstead & Ufton CC, meanwhile, was keen to repair its open-ended 27 m three-lane system, which had seen well over a decade's heavy use. Following a site visit and discussion with several suppliers, the club contracted total-play to fully refurbish the facility; with works to include the upgrading of the stone sub-base, the installation of new shock pads and playing carpets, and the erection of new bespoke steelwork and Protection Tunnel nets, with batting curtains also designed to the club's very specific requirements. Sulhampstead & Ufton CC's three-lane system (above) before and after total-play's work.

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