HMS Temeraire – Portsmouth

McArdle Sport Tec awarded prestigious water-based hockey pitch refurbishment at the Alan Walker Stadium.

Home to the Royal Navy School of Physical Training, HMS Temeraire is overlooked by the iconic Spinnaker Tower in thriving Portsmouth town. This historic naval base is responsible for training members of the Royal Navy to become physical training instructors.

Originally built in 1995, the ‘Alan Walker Stadium’ water-based hockey pitch is the Royal Navy and UK Armed Forces’ most prestigious hockey facility.

The water-based pitch had previously been resurfaced in 2006, but due to reoccurring algae and moss complications and the carpet nearing the end of its lifespan, McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to have been awarded the contract by Bryburn Construction and BAE Systems.

Works started in July to remove the existing carpet and shockpad, revealing underlying structural issues with the engineered base layer which needed immediate remediation works.

After repairs to the engineered base, a new shock pad layer, the pitch was rejuvenated with a new colour theme, replacing the old outdated green water-based carpet with bright blue infield with red run offs which reflects the Royal Navy colours, with the addition of bespoke Royal Navy Hockey and Royal Navy Hockey Association logo mats to complete the look.

McArdle Sport Tec are well accustomed to the strict and compulsory regulations and security checks required by the Ministry of Defence to ensure cooperative collaboration with sensitive construction projects on high profile sites.

To discuss your pitch resurfacing requirements or if you are looking to install a new hockey pitch facility contact us on 01491 827810 or email us at

The transformation is outstanding

“I was honoured to be part of the major refurbishment works for the Royal Navy and HMS Temeraire. The transformation is outstanding, the finished pitch looks outstanding.”

Barry Jacobs – Contracts Manager – McArdle Sport Tec

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