On Behalf of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, South Wales Sports Grounds (SWSG) were commissioned to refurbish the old athletics track and field events at King George Park, Tonypandy comprising of 11,908m2 of track, filed events and natural turf pitch. The project involved the removal of the old existing surface, drainage system and floodlighting columns in exchange for a Natural turf facility with athletics track.
Works were completed and managed by SWSG in-house personnel throughout.
“I would have no problem in using South Wales Sports Grounds again on any project”.
Allan Lewis – Allan Lewis Ltd
King George V Running Track, Clydach Vale, Tonypandy, CF40 2XX
Full-size 400m 6 Lane running track.
Natural Grass Football pitch
Polytan smart track system.
Long and Tripple Jump
On behalf of House of Sport 4, South Wales Sports Grounds constructed two top tier 3G facilities on Ocean Park, Cardiff. The area beforehand was comprised of some old tennis and netball courts as well as some disused land that was in dire need of an upgrade. SWSG, working alongside CMB Engineering cleared the site, levelled the site using its own in-house equipment then proceeded to install drainage, lighting and civils, fencing, carpark works and much more.
The larger of the 2 pitches boasts 3 sides of spectator areas including 2 seated grandstands and a pitch kitted out for Top level football.
South Wales Sports Grounds also constructed the Carpark alongside to increase the venues capacity.
With Avante Architects designs and South Wales Sports Grounds expertise we were able to produce a premier level facility to the clients requirements turning a lost space into a financially sustainable facility for clubs and the community.
“Great to deal with people who listen and have a can-do attitude.”
“We look forward to producing more great facilities with you next year. Thank you for your continued support which we really appreciate”. – Steve Borley CMB Engineering
Cardiff House Of Sport, Beignon Close, Ocean Way, Cardiff CF24 5HF.
Steve Borley – CMB
Full Size Fifa Quality approved 3G 5000Sqm EN approved Football 3G
The Cardiff and Vale College project in 2021 encompassed the construction of a block of indoor tennis courts, extensions to the existing carpark, a full-size Welsh league FIFA standard 3G pitch as well as the installation of gas, water, power and fibre services for the new changing rooms, clubhouse and other constructions throughout the redeveloped site.
Through Avante Architects, SWSG constructed the tennis courts first with the installation of retaining walls and ring beams for the domes’ formation. Managing student and traffic flow throughout the project duration as well as COVID restriction, the challenges presented were overcome well, through planning and communication.
Utilising SWSG’s own in house plant and equipment, our trained staff re-levelled the old Bute town football club site and constructed the lighting, drainage, stone import and perimeter fence for the new 3G facility. With the addition of 2 grandstands and a future changing room facility to be completed, the pitch can provide an ongoing revenue for the school and provide a benefit to the local community.
Cardiff and Vale College, Canal Parade, Cardiff, CF10 5BF
Avante Architects Cardiff And Vale College
Full Size FIFA and World Rugby accredited 3G. Macadam MUGA with airdome
The project involved the construction of a new FIH National Specification sand dressed, synthetic turf hockey pitch, with additional line marking for football. The pitch was constructed complete with 3m/5m high fencing and a 350 lux floodlighting system. The new pitch displaced the former grass rugby field, which has been relocated to the former unused red-gra location. Significant issues had to be overcome at site, such as sensitive planning issues concerning floodlighting and drainage. All works were undertaken by SWSG operatives under the Project Management of Notts Sport.
“Further to achieving practical completion of the hockey pitch and associated works at Stanwell School, I would like to place on record our thanks for constructing the pitch in accordance with the specification and standards required.
The project was not a straightforward scheme with many aspects to consider from a cut and fill earthwork operation to re-grading and redeveloping the shale pitches into a high quality natural turf pitch and of course delivering an FIH National standard sand dressed synthetic pitch with fencing, lighting and access arrangements.
Throughout the contract period South Wales Sports Grounds provided excellent levels of communication and made the delivery phase which involved a variety of stakeholders a far easier process as a result.
We would have no hesitation in recommending South Wales Sports Grounds for a synthetic hockey pitch project and will hopefully work with you on our Notts Sport projects in the future.”
Duncan Bennett – Managing Director, Notts Sport Ltd.
Derek Jones – Stanwell School Duncan Bennett – Notts Sports LTD
Fullsize FIH sand dressed hockey surface
1000 square meter natural grass pitch
South Wales Sports Grounds we commissioned for a full redevelopment of Rodney Parade stadium pitch due to historical issues plaguing the sides who play there. Being home to Newport Rugby, Newport County AFC and the Gwent Dragons, a new surface needed to stand up to live up to the high league standards as well as last under a packed schedule. South Wales Sports Grounds put forward a design and build package inclusive of the Support in Sports SIS Grass Hybrid system to provide a sports surface to provide a natural surface “that gives you more playing hours and faster pitch recovery”. South Wales Sports Grounds removed the old, turfed surface, upgraded the flood lighting, installed a new drainage system throughout as well as a full upgrade to the irrigation system. We were able to do the works during the off season managing all aspects of the job to complete in time for the opening game of season. We were also able to manage deliveries and scheduling around the clubs pre booked functions in addition to working with the COVID test centre, adding additional challenges to overcome. The playing area was converted to a SIS Grass hybrid system with South Wales Sports Grounds also replacing the 3G surrounds with a custom “Amber” coloured carpet.
“Well done to all the team @rondey parade – if only South Wales Sports Grounds did hair transplants…I’d be all over it based on their great work at the mighty Rodney Parade. Looking fantastic today.”
Mark Jones – Managing Director Jon Raymond – Facilities Manager
Full size Hybrid tier 1 Rugby / Football Pitch.
World Rugby accreditited 3G surround.
South Wales Sports Grounds have constructed a number athletics facilities from 400m 8 lane tracks to sprint straights, long/triple jump run ups, hammer and discuss cages with much much more. We have ben involved in whole construction from earthworks to final client handover as well as track redevelopments, resurfacing and redesigns. Working along side athletics clubs, local councils and larger contractors we have managed the constructions of a variety of surfaces to the stringent World Athletics and UKA standards.
Athletics tracks presents one of the intricate installations in the sports industry with precision level accuracies and minute tolerances, the construction procedures need to be managed carefully with quality at the forefront of all involved. With investments in surveying equipment South Wales Sports Grounds can construct a multi lane World Athletics / UKA standard athletics facility to the fine requirements of the governing bodies to the needs and desires of the end users.
Athletics tracks have progressed significantly over the years with South Wales Sports Grounds original installation of ash, red-gra and gravel surfaces progressing to the more modern polymeric rubber surfaces. Through continued investment in technology, plant and machinery we are able to stay at the forefront of the construction market installing the latest surfaces and services wherever required.
Hybrid Technology is the one of the newest sports playing surfaces and represents one of the most common playing facilities for higher end sporting venues. Hybrid surfaces make up the pitches at every major football and rugby tournaments around the world.
Hybrid Turf systems combine 95% natural with 5% artificial to create a surface blending the playing characteristics of a natural surface that players prefer, with the stability and durability of an artificial. The surfaces’ installation has all the major features of premium surface’s including stone, sand and rootzone layers as well as irrigation, drainage and aeration infrastructures. The key difference being the final surface is stitched vertically with artificial strands for the root structures to bind onto so to provide a horizontal and sheer strength.
As a of Support in Sport (SIS), South Wales Sports Grounds construct hybrid surfaces from the ground up, inclusive of the foundation and civils infrastructure. Once the surface is seeded and fertilised, SIS Pitches can install their patented SISGrass product ready for play both training and competitive shortly after.
Hybrid Facilities need annual renovations, as with other top end facilities, which we can provide as part of our service. For renovation services click here.
Carmarthen athletics track in the heart of Carmarthen is home to a new state of the art athletics facility installed by South Wales Sports Grounds. The new track was a reconstruction and extension of the older 6 lane surface into a full 8 lane track with porous polymeric rubber. The added lanes gave the Leisure facility the potential for hosting school, county and higher-level competitions with the track certified to international competition with World Athletics and UKA accreditations.
South Wales Sports Grounds upgraded the track as well as repairing the underlying surfaces to comply with the latest standards. New field services were also installed with new floodlighting and timing systems, a World Athletics hammer/discuss cage, long/triple jump run up and pit, perimeter paths, internal football pitch, fencing and more. As part of the project South Wales Sports Grounds also resurfaced the tennis courts alongside and repaired parts of the Hockey pitch next door.
With the Leisure centre temporarily converted to a Covid-19 field hospital, the logistics of site management became the main challenge which SWSG stood up to. The organising of deliveries, road closures and all other site traffic was managed and communicated with NHS staff and the Leisure facilities management teams to enable a smooth and efficient construction period.
The track also boasts the Polytan SmartTrack system where you can use “digital performance diagnostics” to best analyse your competition and training. Through the use of timing gates set beneath the track’s surface, multiple users can link any mobile device to the SmartTrack system to gain precision diagnostics in all weather and at all times.
Carmarthen Leisure Centre, Llansteffan Road, Johnstown Carmarthen SA31 3NQ
Wes Bugg – SSL
Full size 8 lane 400m IAAF and UK athletics athletics track.
Polytan SmartTrack system.
We have been erecting fencing systems since 1964 and have an enviable reputation to uphold. We will use only the best materials for our fencing and will only use our own skilled workforce to install them.
We can install the following types of fencing:
Heavy Duty Ball Court Systems
Pedestrian and knee rail
Heavy Duty, anti vandal fencing….
…..And many more
When building natural grass or artificial sports facilities we feel that our clients are more comfortable having one contractor completing the ancillary elements such as fencing, floodlighting, access paths, carparks etc. By not relying on sub contractors to install perimeter fencing to our multi use games areas we are not reliant on others. This makes us more efficient and able to reduce costs without compromising quality.
The Fitzalan High School project in Leckwith, Cardiff represented one of the largest in the company’s history. A project encompassing a multitude of surface types and construction methods the Fitzalan project showcased the variety and depth of knowledge we could carry out.
This development, on behalf of Kiers, included the construction of a Tier 1 hybrid surface, 3G FIFA Quality football pitch, 3G World Rugby pitch, 2G sand filled Multi Use Games Areas, full-size natural grass pitch and IAAF hammer throw cage and landing area. The project also includes the future construction of an FIH standard hockey surface, tarmac tennis courts and additional natural grass facilities all to be completed within the next year.
For all 7 pitches constructed we built bespoke drainage systems, perimeter fencing, tarmac paths, sports equipment, team shelters and floodlighting as well as the being the installers of the irrigation systems on the hybrid pitch and grandstand bases on the World Rugby 3G.
Alongside groundworks and landscaping contractors South Wales Sports Grounds managed pitch construction throughout the winter months for a phase 1 package completion in the summer of 2021 and handover to the client for use during the during construction of the new school.
The site is situated in a hub of sporting excellence in Leckwith, Cardiff, alongside Cardiff’s International Athletics Track which South Wales Sports Grounds redeveloped in 2019 as well as being alongside the existing Canton 3G and grass fields we constructed in 2016-2017 and Gol Centre Cardiff 5-a-side pitches, we resurfaced in 2020.
“Your teams’ collaboration, coordination and understanding of our requirements have been excellent. Nothing seems to be too much trouble and your team are truly client focused. The collaborative approach has been very refreshing especially with our programme issues in respect to delays to various pitches. Please on behalf of myself and the Kier Team thank your team for their efforts so far. May it long continue.”
Andy Miles – Keir
Fitzalan High School Lawrenny Ave, Cardiff, CF11 8XB
Andrew Miles – Keir
Full Size SISGrass Hybrid Football Pitch FIFA and World Rugby Accredited 3G Surfaces Fullsize natural soil football pitch Large natural grass throwing areas Sanddressed MUGAs