Eirias Park – Stadiwm CSM

McArdle Sport Tec are delighted to return to Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay.

In 2018, McArdle Sport Tec installed a full-sized FIFA Quality and World Rugby Reg 22 certified artificial turf rugby pitch at Eirias Park for Colwyn County Borough Council.

Four years later, after a competitive tendering process through specialist sports pitch consultants Surfacing Standards Ltd; McArdle Sport Tec were appointed by the Council to redevelop the existing stadium otherwise known as Stadiwm CSM.

McArdle Sport Tec were commissioned to convert an existing natural turf pitch infield an existing athletics track, which was originally constructed in 1987; to create a new community FIFA Quality and World Rugby Regulation 22 certified artificial turf rugby pitch.

Key Considerations:

Installing an artificial sports pitch within an existing athletics track takes a considerable amount of additional planning and preparation.
A protective haul road with a foam underlay was placed over the track to ensure construction traffic did not cause any damage. The surrounding sports facilities remained operational throughout the installation.

The earthworks adjacent to the athletics track were carefully and meticulously excavated which mitigated any damage to the kerbing, polymeric surfacing, and the tracks structural integrity. Our team also removed the existing natural turf pitch irrigation system.

The new 3G pitch was designed with a camber, the pitch levels sloped over the last meter on all four sides of the pitch, this enabled a balanced cut and fill, eliminating the need to remove subsoil from site.

Eirias Park – Stadiwm CSM:

The stadium provides a vital rugby and football ground which has previously hosted the under 20’s Six Nation Games, but also provides another important social resource; the venue has been used for many high-profile concerts including Sir Tom Jones and Katherine Jenkins.

Upon completion, McArdle’s were commissioned to undertake an unusual scope of works, to overfill the 3G pitch with rubber crumb infill. In fact, an extra 85 tonnes were used to overfill the pitch 2mm over the grass yarn; this process would protect the artificial grass surface underneath pedestrian event flooring. Shortly after the completion of the artificial rugby pitch, Stadiwm CSM hosted 3 major musical events including, Classical Ministry of Sound, NDubz and Rag n Bone Man.

Note of thanks:
The new 3rd generation pitch was made possible thanks to Conwy County Borough Council, the Welsh Rugby Union, FFit Conwy and CSM Services Group.
Drone photos supplied by Surfacing Standards Limited

“Conwy County Borough Council recently completed a third Artificial Pitch Development with McArdle Sport Tec. The two previous Artificial Sports Pitch projects were delivered at Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay & at Abergele Leisure Centre in the East of Conwy County. All three Artificial Pitch projects have been expertly managed, delivered on time & within budget.”

“I am extremely happy with McArdle Sport Tec’s standard of work & look forward to working with them again in the future”

Mally Tidswell, Principal Leisure Manager for Conwy County Borough Council.

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