With the proximity of the sea to the stadium, a high water table from tidal water had previously caused issues of flooding on the pitch. A waste water management programmed had to be designed to ensure the pitch could be used year-round. A soakaway was constructed, however, due to a tidal water table, which would be a problem on Spring high tides, an affordable pumped solution had to be found. New and innovative technologies in testing conditions were explored to cater for very large flows, with a pump set to discharge a minimum of 42lts/s. A series of drains were introduced to link to the new soakaway. To ensure the worst possible storm event conditions were considered, the pump station was designed to discharge to the sea in the most extreme conditions.
The decision to make use of new technologies in the construction of the new 3G pitch allowed the club to complete the project on a limited budget, increase playing hours available at the club to open the club up to the wider community, including disability sports clubs, youth and academy teams, and to create additional revenue streams. Now that fixtures will not need to be cancelled, the club has also seen an increased attendance at First Team fixtures, again bringing in additional income to the club.
After much hard work and problem solving, we managed to successfully install almost 8,000sqm of British-made artificial turf upon an innovative and bespoke base and drainage solution which had to work within a busy coastal town centre location.