McArdle excel at Hockey Pitch Refurbishment for St George’s College

Home to nearly 1100 pupils, prestigious co-educational independent school St George’s Weybridge in Surrey, approached McArdle Sport Tec after discovering that we had refurbished the water-based hockey pitch at HMS Temeraire, Portsmouth through a chance encounter whilst travelling to Brighton on the train.

We were delighted when the college appointed McArdle Sport Tec to carry out remedial foundation works and resurface the existing hockey pitch and training area which is shared with Premier League hockey club “The Old Georgians.”

St George’s College requested a bespoke maroon yarn matching the schools specific brand guidelines. Working with artificial carpet manufacturers TigerTurf, our team created the bespoke coloured yarn to create these iconic and one of kind run off areas with the addition of the school’s emblem.

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construction and completion.

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Has been praised by those using the facility

“We have been delighted to work with McArdle Sport Tec on the refurbishment of our main hockey pitch at St George’s College.

Our aim was to install a first-class hockey facility for use by the College and Old Georgians Hockey Club and McArdle have delivered.

Throughout the design, costing and build process they have provided excellent advice and support and have always been forthcoming in communicating procedures and timeframes.

The pitch has already hosted several high-profile events and has been praised by those using the facility for its performance, playability, and aesthetics.”

Rob Deacock Grounds Manager – St George’s College

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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 enquire@mcardlesport.co.uk.

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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FORMER MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY – ALSAGER SPORTS PITCHES

McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to work with David Wilson Homes, developing the former MMU Campus in Alsager.

The land at the MMU is now owned by David Wilson Homes, who redeveloped the site to create a number of new build houses and provide new sports pitches and amenities at the council-owned ‘Alsager Leisure Centre’.

McArdle Sport Tec installed two new artificial sports pitches and a further five natural grass pitches. The new FIH National Standard sand-dressed hockey pitch plus a Full Size FIFA Quality Standard 3G Artificial Sports Pitch for football are now complete with associated fencing and flood lighting, all 7 pitches costing nearly £1.5 Million pounds. David Wilson Homes have also constructed a new pavilion, changing rooms and car parking.

Councillor Don Stockton, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This is fantastic news for Alsager as it will see new playing pitches and a range of sports and leisure amenities provided for the residents of the town.

The council is committed to providing quality leisure and sports facilities as part of our policy to help our residents to live long and healthy lives. With the council’s independent trust Everybody Sport and Recreation taking over management of the facilities, this is expected to meet the requirements set out by Sport England to ensure the town’s leisure and sports offer is protected and sustained.”

The completed project is of a very high specification

“Cheshire East Council have recently taken transfer of the Alsager Sports Hub, a multi sport outdoor site delivered as part of a Section 106 Agreement with David Wilson Homes. The pitches, both grass and artificial and wider grounds elements were delivered on behalf of the developer by McArdle Sport Tec.

The completed project is of a very high specification, with the artificial pitches (both football and hockey) being constructed to National Governing Body accreditation levels.

Throughout the construction process the company and team worked closely and extremely well on behalf of the developer with both the Council, NGB’s and local sports clubs to ensure that the completed facility met not only the required specification but one that took into account the local sport club needs. This additional communication element gave confidence in the completed build and one where those local clubs are playing and developing on the highest quality facility. In addition, the wider ground works, including footpaths within the site and what will be retained as public open space is also giving an added community dimension to the facility over and above sport.”

Mark Wheelton – Lesiure & Cultural Services Manager at Cheshire East Council

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McArdle Sport Tec install two new sand-dressed hockey pitches, tennis courts and cricket facilities.

McArdle Sport Tec were awarded a competitive tender through TGMS to construct two new sand-dressed hockey pitches, cricket ground facilities and tennis courts at Marden Hockey and Cricket Club.

The sand-dressed hockey pitches meet BS EN 15330 and the FIH National Standards.

The ‘Fédération Internationale de Hockey’, commonly known by the acronym FIH, is the international governing body of field hockey and indoor field hockey. The FIH developed an internationally recognised quality-assurance programme – the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf.

The programme provides consistent and dependable industry standards and ensures the appropriate quality of performance for the intended level of play.

The FIH certifies four different categories of hockey fields:

1. FIH Category 1 (previously known as Global Elite): non-filled water-based surfaces that are primarily used for FIH World Level International Competitions

2. FIH Category 2 (previously known as Global): non-filled water-based surfaces that are primarily used for lower level international and top level national competitions

3. FIH Category 3 (previously known as National): normally sand-dressed or sand-filled surfaces designed primarily for hockey. This category of surface is normally used for lower level national, regional and club play.

4. FIH Category 4 (previously known as Multi-Sport): surfaces designed for a number of sports and on which basic community and development level hockey can be played.

FIH Certified Fields are independently tested by an FIH Accredited Test Institute to ensure they meet the requirements of the FIH Quality Programme. Tests include measurements of how the ball interacts with the playing surface, verification that adequate comfort and performance is being provided to ensure the well-being and protection of players, and checks to confirm the field has been built to the correct dimensions, line marking, slope and surface drainage.

The hockey pitches were built using TigerTurf’s 18mm Evo Pro carpet in a stunning dark green with light green surrounds, laid upon a 15mm in-situ SBR shock pad; new fencing and floodlights complete the facilities. The tennis courts have been finished with royal blue surrounded with dark green. New fencing and floodlights have also been installed, providing the community with a social area for training and games practice. The cricket club also benefit from a new two lane 30m practice area.

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Fantastic facilities

“McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to be involved in this project benefiting the community with these fantastic facilities.”

David Darnell, Contracts Manager for McArdle Sport Tec

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McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to be appointed as Principle Contractor for a second contract at Eton College.

Eton have two established full-sized synthetic hockey pitches; the first sand-dressed hockey pitch was installed in 1999 and the second additional sand dressed pitch was installed in 2002.

McArdle successfully won a tender to resurface the 2nd hockey pitch in 2015 – at this point the surface was 13 years old. We were delighted to return back to the college to resurface the original artificial hockey pitch which was completed and handed over in July 2018.

Our recent hockey pitch resurfacing took a total of 8 days, lifting and removing the existing synthetic hockey carpet and replacing it with TigerTurf Evo Pro in Dark Green for the main playing area, with an accentuating Light Green surround, complimented by the Eton College coat of arms embedded in the sand dressed pitch entrance.

Michael Chapman from Eton College quoted:

“All the work has been completed very quickly and efficiently and everyone who worked on the hockey pitch installation has been extremely friendly and helpful. Thank you for all the work you have done for this sand dressed hoceky pitch , I look forward to working with McArdle again in the future.”

Extremely friendly and helpful

“All the work has been completed very quickly and efficiently and everyone who worked on the job has been extremely friendly and helpful. Thank you for all the work you have done for this project, I look forward to working with McArdle again in the future.”

Michael Chapman from Eton College

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Water-Based Hockey Pitches – Bournbrook, University of Birmingham

McArdle Sport Tec construct prestigious water-based FIH Global hockey pitches which will now be used in the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Accredited FIH Field Builders, McArdle Sport Tec, were ecstatic to build a prestigious 3-million-pound sports project at Bournbrook pitches, after partners TigerTurf won a competitive tendering process.

The Bournbrook redevelopment has since been selected to host the hockey competition phase for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The water-based hockey pitches will accommodate temporary seating for visitors watching the live games being held from the 27th July until 7th August.

TigerTurf’s FIH Quality Wett Pro carpet was installed in reflex blue with red surrounds; these iconic colours were selected to align with the 2016 Rio Olympic pitch and also reflect the colours within the University crest.

The water-based hockey pitches took a total of 20 weeks to complete and were built to meet FIH Global standards, a specification by The Federation Internationale de Hockey, which classifies the facilities to hold international and top level national competitions. Currently there are only 19 other pitches in the United Kingdom which meet the same stringent criterion.

In addition to the two water-based hockey pitches, a full size 3G artificial football and rugby pitch using TigerTurf’s Rugby 360 carpet was completed in October 2017 to meet World Rugby Reg 22 and FIFA Quality standards, and work is on-going to complete ten tennis/netball courts with 106 new parking spaces.

Awarded the top university for sport within the UK, combined with the only university team in the woman’s hockey national league, Birmingham University pride themselves on producing and nurturing participation and personal achievements; this includes four current students and seven graduates which have now been selected in the England Hockey Squad:

Lily Owsley, Olivia Paige, Erica Sanders, Amy Costello, Sophie Bray, Susie Gilbert, Sarah Haycroft, Anna Toman, Emily Defroand, Hannah Martin and Ellie Watton

University of Birmingham student and Olympic champion from Rio 2016, Lily Owsley MBE, commented:

“Since becoming a student at Birmingham I’ve had the benefit of being able to study, train and play on this fantastic campus, with world class facilities and support.

A home Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022 will certainly be an incentive for me to continue playing to make the England team for 2022, and play on home ground here on campus. I’m sure it will also inspire many other young players to live their dream of playing for England in a major Games on home turf.”

Why choose a water-based hockey pitch?

Water-Based pitches are the elite hockey surface and the highest specification recognised by the FIH; the carpet uses a denser pile, combined with a layer of water to offer the truest ball roll of any artificial turf system. The application of water on the surface helps to improve the slip resisting properties, and provides a level of shock absorption to the players joints. The lubricating properties enable a fast-paced playing pitch; the water reduces the friction, enabling the ball to roll straighter and faster, affecting the players’ sliding, running, turning and stick work.

The University’s strategic plan for the new facilities aims to provide opportunities and increased participation for students and the local clubs and the community.

“The University of Birmingham is honoured to have been part of this successful bid to bring such a prestigious sporting event to our home city. Birmingham is a global university and we have invested significantly in new sporting facilities that match the reputation we enjoy around the world.”

 Professor Sir David Eastwood, University of Birmingham Vice-Chancellor

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ST ANDREW’S PREP SCHOOL HOCKEY PITCH

On St Andrew’s Day in 2013, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, attended the opening ceremony for one of our newly constructed hockey pitches.

St Andrew’s Prep School appointed McArdle Sport Tec for their new artificial hockey pitch construction project. For this installation, we used TigerTurf UK’s EvoPro carpet to meet with International Hockey Federation standards. The pitch measured approximately 100x60m and the project included the installation of drainage, a 15mm in-situ shock pad, and a tarmac layer beneath the surface.

Kate was a pupil of St Andrew’s from 1986-1995 and was invited by the school to officially open the new pitch. Kate formally opened the new pitch by unveiling a plaque, before meeting members of the school’s current hockey team and playing a quick game.

During the opening, Kate stated, “It was while I was here at school that I realised my love of sport. Sport has been a huge part of my life, and I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunities I had to get outside and play in such wonderful open spaces – though sadly there was nothing quite as glamorous as this in my time! I hope that you all enjoy playing sport here as much as I used to, and make the most of these incredible facilities.”

Click here to see The Dutchess of Cambridge playing hockey on the newly opened pitch.

Kate Middleton and students play on Hockey Pitch

“We are very happy with our new sand-dressed pitch. McArdle completed it on-budget and on-time and were a great team to work with, I would definitely consider them again for future work. The finished pitch looks fantastic and the children are really enjoying the great surface.”

Penny, Bursar

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FETTES COLLEGE

MCARDLE SPORT TEC ARE PROUD TO HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO INSTALL A BRAND NEW WATER-BASED HOCKEY PITCH

Fettes College in Edinburgh is ranked amongst the top independent schools in the United Kingdom; the provisions for sports at Fettes College are already expectedly impressive. In keeping with the school’s commitment to excellence in sport, they made the decision to build a second new synthetic pitch.

Our high-quality water-based hockey pitches are designed to meet FIH global hockey standards for both international and national level hockey. Water is applied via an irrigation system to the synthetic carpet immediately before play. The application of water greatly reduces friction and improves the speed and consistency of ball roll.

This 6090m2 water-based hockey pitch will to be utilised by students of all ages and abilities, ranging from beginners to the school’s 1st XI.

The prestigious hockey pitch will allow the school’s hockey players develop and nurture their skills to the full, but will also attract Club, District and National Hockey teams to play at the College.
Lord Sebastian Coe was Fettes College’s guest of honour and officially opened the new water-based pitch , which has been to be named the McMurray Pitch. At the opening ceremony, Peter Worlledge, Fetts College Bursar, commented: “Excellence in sport is a long-standing tradition at Fettes and we believe it contributes significantly to the all-round development of each pupil. The McMurray pitch has been a superb addition to our sporting facilities, we are delighted with the quality of the surface and sheer playability of the pitch.”

It is fantastic to have another world-class pitch being opened

“It is fantastic to have another world-class pitch being opened less than a month before the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. We are delighted that Fettes have agreed to host a youth international featuring a number of their pupils as their inaugural game, and know that the pitch will benefit the school, our clubs and hockey in Scotland.”

David Sweetman, CEO, Scottish Hockey

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THE VALE OF WHITE HORSE DISTRICT COUNCIL CHOSE MCARDLE SPORT TEC TO REFURBISH THE EXISTING TWO SYNTHETIC HOCKEY PITCHES.

McArdle Sport Tec resurfaced the two full size, floodlit, sand-dressed synthetic pitches at Tilsley Park in Abingdon; which is Oxfordshire’s premier football,athletic centre and home to Abingdon Hockey Club.

The contract was awarded to McArdle Sport Tec by the District Council; we were particularly keen to be involved in this project as Tilsley Park is local to our head office. Some of our staff members and their partners play on these synthetic hockey pitches with their local sporting clubs.

Our team resurfaced the hockeys pitches in 2013, , we used Lano Hockey Revolution artificial turf carpet, the installation took thirteen weeks to complete.

Pitch 1 required uplifting the redundant carpet and replacing it with a blue Lano carpet with a red surround, designed for hockey and multi-use games.Pitch 2 required more work,removing the old shock pad and replacing with a new 15mm in-situ shock pad and matching blue artificial turf with red surrounds.

Tilsley Park has been leased to Abingdon School on a long-term basis with effect from September 2014. As part of the joint plan, the School will extend the site’s opening hours, making it easier for clubs and local residents to benefit from the fantastic facilities on offer.

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ASTON UNIVERSITY

In 2015, McArdle were selected to construct a new all-weather pitch at Aston University in Birmingham.

The University were successful in applying for a funding grant of £247,000 from Sport England to expand the number of community sport programmes the university could deliver with the aim to increase the number of 14-25 year olds regularly participating in sport in the area.

The new all-weather pitch was to replace Aston University’s most widely used pitch which, after 10 years of use, was beginning to look tired and had some drainage problems. The new pitch had to be suitable primarily for hockey and also football, with each sport placing very different demands on the surface.

The university worked with a consultant who specified TigerTurf’s Evo Pro sand-dressed hockey surface as the perfect solution to bridge this gap, while offering a long-lasting pitch able to cope with a high level of use.

Clive Eals, project manager for the Estates and Capital Development department at Aston University, commented:

“The new synthetic hockey pitch looks outstanding. Whereas the old hockey pitch had a longer length and rubber crumb infill which wasn’t ideal for playing hockey, the new artificial surface is made with a sand infill – although you wouldn’t know it as you have to go looking for the sand.

“It’s a beautiful, even surface and it just makes you to want to get out there and play sport, which is what we want for our students and the community.”

Exciting opportunity to host major sporting events

“We recognise that we have an important role to play in encouraging students to live healthy, active lifestyles and to continue playing sport during their period of academic study. Our new sand-dressed hockey pitch will help us deliver on that commitment while also enhancing the facilities on offer to the local community at this important sports venue. We will also make the new facilities available to local schools during and after the school day. Looking ahead, the nature of our sporting complex will provide us with the exciting opportunity to host major sporting events, on a regular basis.”

Mike Kirkman, Director of Sport, Aston University

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THE ABBEY SCHOOL, READING

MCARDLE SPORT TEC install A NEW SYNTHETIC HOCKEY PITCH.

The start of the construction of the full-size hockey pitch project was celebrated at the school with an earth-turning ceremony. The ceremony was attended by several of the school’s talented sportswomen, including former Sports Captain Lucie Daman who was training at the time with England’s U18 Hockey Squad.

Headmistress, Mrs Stanley, commented: “We are delighted that the work has begun and look forward to seeing the synthetic hockey pitch in use during the Autumn term. Sport at The Abbey School continues to go from strength to strength, thanks to the unstinting commitment of our PE staff and dedication from the girls.

“The addition of the sand-dressed hockey surface will further enhance our facilities and is at the heart of our vision for the future of sport as The Abbey.”

The installation of the synthetic hockey pitch began in May and was completed within three months, ready for the start of the new school term. The site works included an extensive cut and fill programme due to the site being on a slope. For the hockey surface, we carefully selected Lano’s Revolution artificial turf which is tested to meet FIH hockey standards. The completed pitch measured 97.4m x 61m and was built to enable pupils to play netball and tennis on the surface in addition to its primary purpose of hockey.

During the hockey pitch installation, a local resident handed a letter into our site-office at the school regarding the construction:
“I would like to say I have been following the work your lads have been carrying out at the Abbey School playing field, and what a transformation! I have never seen men work like they have, they are fantastic, and should be very proud of them. It will be a great pleasure to see the finished article and I will take great pleasure in seeing the girls make use of the facility.”

SUPERBLY PROFESSIONAL FROM START TO FINISH

“I’ve just been on my first visit to the sand-dressed hockey pitch – it is fantastic! It has been a superbly professional job from start to finish.”

MRS HOPPER, MARKETING MANAGER, THE ABBEY SCHOOL

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MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE

WE WERE APPROACHED BY MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE TO RECONSTRUCT AND REFURBISH TWO EXISTING FULL-SIZE ARTIFICIAL PITCHES.

The artificial turf was laid upon a 15mm in-situ shock pad with an engineered macadam base layer.

We carefully selected TigerTurf UK’s EvoPro carpet for both pitches to meet FIH standards.

Marlborough collegespecified a blue hockey surface surrounded with a green run-off area.

The scope of works involved removing the old redundant synthetic carpet on each hockey pitch; designing and installing a new drainage system, new sub-base layers and replacing the kerbing.

To complete the project, the existing floodlighting system was removed and replaced with an 8 column, ultra-low glare 300 LUX system. The fencing was replaced and re- aligned, and new kickboards were installed.

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