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to the engineered base, a new shock pad layer, the pitch was rejuvenated with a new colour theme, replacing the old outdated green water-based carpet with bright blue infield with red run offs which reflects the Royal Navy colours, with the addition of bespoke Royal Navy Hockey and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

Water-Based Hockey Pitch

“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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Alexander Barracks – ATR Pirbright

Amey awards challenging athletics track refurbishment project to McArdle Sport Tec Ltd.

McArdle were delighted to be selected as the main contractor to refurbish an existing redgra athletics track which was in great disrepair.

Based in Woking, Pirbright Army Training Centre ‘Alexander Barracks’ is responsible for all adult recruits joining the army to complete a 14-week training course known as the Common Military Syllabus.

The works to the existing 6-lane oval and 8-lane sprint straight were carried out over the challenging winter months, requiring precise execution and forward planning. 400 tonnes of redundant redgra surface with a further 3000 tonnes of underlying stone base were removed due to being unsuitable for re-use.
The UKA accredited track was surfaced with red Stobitan 13mm porous polymeric material.

McArdle Sport Tec have worked on many MOD project sites, including RNAS Culdrose-Cornwall (3G pitch refurbishment), Baker Barracks (new full-size 3G pitch) and more recently an FIH Global water-based pitch resurfacing project at HMS Temeraire.

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

Have a look at our ‘Athletics Tracks’ page for more information on Porous Tracks.

ATR Pirbright Athletics Track
ATR Pirbright Athletics Track resurfacing
ATR Pirbright Athletics Track refurbishment
Alexander Barracks Athletics Track

“The new running track will provide an excellent addition to the selection and initial training facilities of the Army Training Centre at Pirbright.

“This track will be a focus for the fitness and pursuit of excellence that the centre nurtures in every recruit. It’s an example of investment into the Army infrastructure and is part of an overall improvement plan to ensure British Army initial training remains world class.”

Lieutenant Robert Sandford – Commanding Officer, Army Training Centre at ATR Pirbright

 

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Southfield grange trust – community artificial grass pitch

Football Foundation framework project with partners TigerTurf UK

Southfield Grange Trust officially opened their community artificial grass pitch on Sunday the 16th September. Partners TigerTurf won this competitive project through the Football Foundation framework, and McArdle Sport Tec completed the pitch installation in 2017.

Southfield Grange were awarded £312,837.00 from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.

The financial investment enabled the trust to replace their existing sand dressed pitch with a new 101 x 63m floodlit 3rd generation grassroots football pitch. Since the artificial grass pitch was developed, the number of clubs have increased from an impressive 25 to 84 football clubs.

The Football Foundation funding partners have invested 19.9million pounds towards grassroots football in the West Riding region since 2000.

Partner clubs and teams benefiting from the new facilities include:

Bradford City FC, Wyke Wanderers, Campion AFC, St Bede’s Old Boys FC, Bradford Park Avenue FC, One in A Million Charity, Phoenix Junior FC, Shelf JFC, West Bowling ARLFC, Bradford Disability FC and the West Riding FA.

Southfield Grange Trust community artificial grass pitch

Darren Vidamour, Centre Manager Southfield Grange trust, said:
“On behalf of the trust, I would like to thank the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for providing the necessary funding, support and professional advise to enable us to replace a tired and outdated pitch with a FIFA accredited community artificial grass pitch which a whole host of local clubs both amateur and professional can use.”

“Not only will the students and staff greatly benefit but also the surrounding community. The various clubs that are using the facility have provided us with fantastic feedback and we are very proud to offer such a fantastic facility in an area that really did need the investment.”

“The pitch has given us a fantastic base for training, our opponents look forward to the Bede’s home games and the players are proud of their home ground. The use of the pitch over the summer has allowed us to maintain training all season and we have been able to host friendly matches and trials for our new academy.  With more facilities like this, local football would see an upward trend in participation.”

Danny Burke, Club Secretary of St Bede’s Old Boys School

 

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Eton College, Windsor – Hockey Pitch Resurfacing

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

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

McArdle successfully won a tender to resurface the 2nd 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 hockey pitch which was completed and handed over in July 2018.

Our recent refurbishment took a total of 8 days, lifting and removing the existing synthetic 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 pitch entrance.

Michael Chapman from Eton College quoted:

“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.”

McArdle Sport Tec – Principle Contractor

Description:
Lift and remove existing sand-dressed carpet, replace with dark green SD artificial carpet with light green surrounds – 98 x 62m hockey pitch.

Artificial Grass:
TigerTurf Evo Pro 18mm

Where:
Eton College, Windsor, SL4 6DW

Start Date: 10/07/2018

Completion Date: 19/07/2018

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“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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Dorothy Hyman Sports Club – Artificial Pitch Resurface

McArdle Sport Tec and TigerTurf’s 3G Football Foundation pitch officially opened on the 9th March.

McArdle Sport Tec & TigerTurf completed a challenging 3G pitch installation in February, after winning a competitive tender to resurface an existing artificial pitch for Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre in Barnsley.

The schedule of works included refurbishment and extension of an existing sand-dressed pitch to build a new 106 x 70m community 3G pitch.

The previous artificial pitch had been decommissioned in 2012 after it had been deemed unsafe. The works on the new pitch layout included building an extension to the footprint playing area, replacing the existing floodlighting, and installing ball stop perimeter fencing.

Once groundworks had begun, we soon discovered that the foundations needed extensive works to remove 2000 cubic meters of solid rock formation, inhibiting the progress of the planned works. Once this minor setback had been overcome, and foundations had been established, TigerTurf’s FIFA Quality & Quality Pro accredited product, Atomic Pro 60, had been laid over the engineered macadam base.

This facility was made possible due to a grant of £361,598 awarded by the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the largest sports charity in the UK, the Football Foundation. Funds are generated by the Premier League, FA, and Government via Sport England, making these grants available to develop new and refurbished grassroots sporting facilities.

The pitch was officially opened on the 9th March by Premier League assistant referee Scott Ledger, and joined by Darren England, Stephen Lodge & Sir Stephen Houghton CBE. Attending guest of honour was infamous Olympic sprinter Dorothy Hyman, who the sports centre is named after. She represented GB in the 100m and 200m events in the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games in 1960 & 1964.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said:

“It is exciting news that the new state-of-the-art 3G pitch is now complete. It will be a great addition to the fantastic facilities already available at the Dorothy Hyman Centre.

Together with partners like BPL we are working hard to help people achieve their potential to be healthier, happier and active. The new pitch will not only support the council’s Play Pitch strategy but also provide more opportunities for local people to get involved in sport and active recreation.”

Joni Millthorpe, BPL contracts manager, said: “There has been a lot of excitement around the new development.

Many local teams are finding it difficult to expand because they don’t have the facilities to train and it can be expensive to travel outside the area, which is hindering their growth. This new pitch will allow them to go from strength to strength”.

“Living locally, I know the impact that football has on our area and the good it can do for people. I am delighted to be joined by Darren and Stephen in officially opening this new all-weather pitch for the community, and I would like to thank the Premier League and the FA facilities fund for its investment in this fantastic project.”

Scott Ledger, Premier League Assistant Referee

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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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