Paul O'Connell and other members of the Ireland squad training for the Rugby World Cup
Paul O'Connell and other members of the Ireland squad training for the Rugby World Cup
Paul O'Connell and other members of the Ireland squad training for the Rugby World Cup
Rootzone graded prior to seeding
SIS-Grass installation
Argentina squad training for the Rugby World Cup
Ireland training for the Rugby World Cup
 
 

St George's Park National Football Centre

Construction of SIS-Grass hybrid turf pitch

The project carried out by MJ Abbott involved the construction of one hybrid turf pitch at the National Football Centre at St George's Park, Burton-Upon-Trent. This pitch was the first pitch in the UK to feature the SIS-Grass hybrid pitch reinforcement system.

The scope of works comprised:

  • Removal of vegetation and 75mm depth of existing rootzone using Koro fraise mower
  • Removal of 150mm depth of existing topsoil to expose clean existing gravel carpet
  • Re-grade existing gravel carpet and top up with new gravel layer to designed contours
  • Installation of lower sand layer over gravel carpet
  • Installation of clean upper rootzone to 225mm depth and to designed grades
  • Consolidation of levels, pre-seed fertiliser application and seeding
  • Tie in pitch surrounds and adjust irrigation system as necessary
  • Following grow-in establishment, the SIS-Grass hybrid pitch reinforcement system was installed within two weeks.

Head Groundsman for the FA at St George's Park, Alan Ferguson, is delighted with the new pitch, which has been used extensively by visiting professional football teams and was used by the Ireland and Argentina teams for training during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

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