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.

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
  • Palisade
  • Acoustic Fencing
  • Prison Mesh
  • Weld mesh
  • Chain link
  • Timber fencing
  • Pedestrian and knee rail
  • Security fencing
  • 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.

Both large and small scale earthworks is one of the specialist tasks South Wales Sports Grounds can carry out with over 50 years-experience with cut and fill, surface grading, banks, bunds and batters construction in addition to the other activities we are best known for. With constant investment in new technologies, plant and machine control systems we can construct and level a multi plateau site to the finest of tolerances to achieve construction targets outlined by clients, architects or our own inhouse design and survey team.

Investments in digital surveying equipment means we can both design and carry out an Earthworks project as well as capture the progress of an earthworks scheme and produce detailed level plans controlling construction quality and to provide a picture of progress.

Our range of earthmoving plant, excavators, dumpers and graders all fitted with Low Ground Pressure tyres and tracks, mean we can tackle large multi sports pitch sites and smaller developments. We always use our own machine operators and specialist plant to carry out trimming works, this enables us to keep a tight control on quality.

With a fleet of Dozers, dumpers, tractors and trailers and experienced staff no job is too big. With past experiences of moving thousands of cubic metres of materials, your earthworks project will be safe with our trained site staff, experience management teams and our overall due care and attention to the finer details of an Earthworks mission.

South Wales Sports Grounds Contractors Ltd can offer a variety of maintenance solutions for both natural and artificial surfaces. From full scale surface regenerations to the finer details of surface management South Wales Sports Grounds supply a range of maintenance solutions tailored to the specific surface, end user and customers’ requirements.

With a background in all aspects of sports pitch management we can provide design, construction, maintenance and renovations as part of a one stop service provider package from initial conception to year after year long term care.

Services Offered 

Drag Brushing

Synthetic surfaces are prone to moving infill from high traffic areas to low; the infill’s uniformity is key to the surface’s performance and acts as a protection layer to the fibres underneath.

South Wales Sports Grounds can carry out non-mechanical drag brushing over a surface to redistribute the infill and lift the carpet pile to its ideal upright position.

Surface Power Clean

Surface contaminants such as leaves or litter can cause damage to an artificial surface over time as a result of organic matter breaking down into the infill materials or non-biodegradable products posing a hazard to the users on the surface and potentially blocking drainage mediums.

As part of a maintenance regime, South Wales Sports Grounds will carry out a surface clean using powered rotary cleaning equipment removing 99% of surface debris and helping to restore the pile to vertical.

Weed Killing

Weeds and grasses often migrate onto an artificial surface and root into the infill medium. These can cause long term issues with drainage, infill management and build up of algal spores. Controlling the migration of these can prolong a surfaces’ lifespan as well as promote a more aesthetically pleasing facility. South Wales Sports Grounds can perform selective weed spraying as part of a maintenance package with our trained in-house professionals.

Deep Pile Clean

Dust, dirt and organics can filter down deep into an artificial surface which is a common cause of drainage issues. By cleaning deep into the infill materials, by extracting and reapplying, smaller particles can be removed that would otherwise be missed during a surface clean. A deep clean every year by South Wales Sports Grounds is a sure-fire way to control the build up of unwanted debris and leave the surface draining freely.

Annual Restore

On newer surfaces infill settles very fast and needs an annual dressing, and on older surfaces materials may need to be removed and replaced as the surface wears. All types of surfaces need an annual restore to bring a pitch back to pristine condition.

As part of an Annual Restore package we can tailor the tasks to the surfaces’ needs whether its replacing infill, cleaning, extensive drag brushing or topping up what’s already there, the annual restore can get the surface playing like the day it was laid.

Pitch and Seam Inspection

For both old and new facilities, any issues arising down the line can often be difficult to determine. South Wales Sports Grounds can offer an in-depth surface assessment and facility report to inspect and record a surfaces’ overall condition. Facets of Pile Height, infill depths, infill condition, surface damage and more, come together to form part of a report that can help predict the life span of a surface and provide ad accurate snapshot for futures information.

South Wales Sports Grounds can offer suggested solutions based on a reports’ findings best tailored to remediate or remove any ongoing issues.

Line Marking

South Wales Sports Grounds offer a wide range of line marking services for a multitude of surface types. Whether its grass pitch line marking for sports day or specialist markings on artificial surfaces we can design, mark and colour coat surfaces to suit your exact needs.

 

With Premier League teams, championship football clubs, Pro 16 rugby and many more choosing South Wales Sports Grounds as their company of choice for renovations we have plenty of experience in top class facilities and renovating to the highest of standards. With over 50 years’ experience in sports pitch renovations South Wales Sports Grounds are perfectly equipped to renovate leading facilities with our fleet of renovation equipment boasting the latest technologies and experienced staff.

With a background in all aspects of sports pitch management we can provide design, construction, maintenance and renovations as part of a one stop service provider package from initial conception to year after year long term care.

With longstanding relationships with local suppliers, we can supply materials to site matching exact specifications to suit the proposed works but also with the service needed to keep a large renovation project running smoothly.

With venues such as The Liberty Stadium, Parc Y Scarlets and The Vale Resort Cardiff to name a few, South Wales Sports Grounds have the upmost confidence in providing the best service available.

Renovation Services We Provide

  • Korroing
  • Sand Spreading
  • Vertidraining
  • Rota Raking
  • Sand Banding
  • Secondary Drainage
  • Seeding
  • Fertilizing

3G Surfaces

Since the early 1990s we have been installing sand-filled and sand dressed surfaces throughout the region. With well over 100 surface installations to our name ranging from sand-filled surfaces on a dynamic base to high specification sand dressed surfaces laid onto shockpads and engineered bases we have learnt a considerable amount about the benefits of artificial sand dressed surfaces. The need for good sound drainage and base construction are paramount for any surface and the skills and experience we have gained from the construction of Natural Grass have been transferred into our synthetic surfaces.

We are one of the only sports-field surface contractors to not rely on subcontract carpet installers. We have our own skilled operatives who have been installing carpets for over 25 years.

Despite the rise of 3G technology, sand dressed surfaces are still as popular as ever especially for hockey and tennis. The reduced maintenance requirements make the surfaces very popular in schools, communities or harder to reach areas along with the sand dressed surfaces often have a longer than average artificial lifespan, they often provide a more cost-effective solution

Where contact sports are not required, sand dressed surfaces can provide a lasting surface that can be laid and line
marked to suit small sided games in addition to full-size match-play.

Artificial – Sand Dressed / Filled

Since the early 1990s we have been installing sand-filled and sand dressed surfaces throughout the region. With well over 100 surface installations to our name ranging from sand-filled surfaces on a dynamic base to high specification sand dressed surfaces laid onto shockpads and engineered bases we have learnt a considerable amount about the benefits of artificial sand dressed surfaces. The need for good sound drainage and base construction are paramount for any surface and the skills and experience we have gained from the construction of Natural Grass have been transferred into our synthetic surfaces.

We are one of the only sports-field surface contractors to not rely on subcontract carpet installers. We have our own skilled operatives who have been installing carpets for over 25 years. 

Despite the rise of 3G technology, sand dressed surfaces are still as popular as ever especially for hockey and tennis. The reduced maintenance requirements make the surfaces very popular in schools, communities or harder to reach areas along with the sand dressed surfaces often have a longer than average artificial lifespan, they often provide a more cost-effective solution 

Where contact sports are not required, sand dressed surfaces can provide a lasting surface that can be laid and line marked to suit small sided games in addition to full-size match-play.

 

Third Generation (3G)

Third Generation (3G) grass is the most common artificial sports pitch construction in recent years as it looks very close to natural grass yet allows the user to play throughout the year with minimal or even no games cancelled due to the weather. This virtual certainty in games going ahead no matter the weather provides consistency and reassurance to players and fans and also helps to reduce the risk of loss of revenue from cancelled fixtures.

In addition to the safety of less cancelled games a 3G pitch facility can provide a source of income from hiring the surface out to local teams for matches/training and to the local community.

3G surfaces can also provide a surface for winter contact sports i.e. rugby and football without fear of the injuries caused on less suitable artificial sand based synthetic surfaces or waterlogged/frozen natural pitches. It is an ideal surface for rugby training as it allows scrummaging and tackling without causing player injury or damage to your natural grass pitch.

Laying 3G surfaces consistently for the last 15 years, South Wales Sports grounds have experience of 3G surface installations from there their first appearance of the market to the latest surface technologies available to date. As we do not align ourselves to one manufacturer, we are able to provide impartial advise on the most suitable surface for your current and future needs.

Often, 3G surfaces form part of an overall construction completed by SWSG inclusive of Earthworks, drainage, fencing, lighting and much more providing a perfect surface for clubs, schools or professional teams to utilise as needed and hire out to the local community when available.

We use our vast experience of drainage and sub base construction to ensure whatever surface is put down will be free from undulations, avoid any sinkage and settlement and will drain freely. Installation of the surfaces is by our own in-house team with the knowledge and experience required for the best surface installation.

3G surfaces need to be maintained to a high level to allow them to perform as new and maintain a surfaces compliance with a manufacturers’ warranty, we will provide detailed maintenance information for your own in-house staff, or we can provide specialist maintenance on a contract basis.

Artificial – Sand Dressed / Filled

Since the early 1990s we have been installing sand-filled and sand dressed surfaces throughout the region. With well over 100 surface installations to our name ranging from sand-filled surfaces on a dynamic base to high specification sand dressed surfaces laid onto shockpads and engineered bases we have learnt a considerable amount about the benefits of artificial sand dressed surfaces. The need for good sound drainage and base construction are paramount for any surface and the skills and experience we have gained from the construction of Natural Grass have been transferred into our synthetic surfaces.

We are one of the only sports-field surface contractors to not rely on subcontract carpet installers. We have our own skilled operatives who have been installing carpets for over 25 years.

Despite the rise of 3G technology, sand dressed surfaces are still as popular as ever especially for hockey and tennis. The reduced maintenance requirements make the surfaces very popular in schools, communities or harder to reach areas along with the sand dressed surfaces often have a longer than average artificial lifespan, they often provide a more cost-effective solution

Where contact sports are not required, sand dressed surfaces can provide a lasting surface that can be laid and line marked to suit small sided games in addition to full-size match-play.

South Wales Sports Grounds has over 50 years experience in laying sports field drainage. The combination of upto date plant and equipment operated by our own skilled workforce means we can install drainage systems on existing pitches precisely making the optimum use of falls available.

All of our plant is fitted with Low Ground Pressure tyres or wide tracks which help to avoid unnecessary damage to the surface when installing drainage runs. In addition to primary systems we own and operate sandslitting and banding equipment, allowing us to install secondary drainage systems.

Investments in digital surveying equipment means we can survey sites, download them and produce detailed level plans allowing efficient drainage systems to be designed in-house.

As well the latest in surveying equipment continued investment in machine control technology such as GPS Autosteer and laser guided trenchers allow us to install drainage systems quickly and accurately.

Sustainable Drainage

With sustainability at the forefront of public perception ecologically conscious construction has become a main aim of the construction industry. South Wales Sports Grounds have already been part of project whereby sustainable drainage strategies have been designed, implemented and constructed as part of our combined effort to provide a functional and maintainable SUD’s infrastructure effective for the design life of a given facility. These implementations aim to reduce the burden of drainage on the environment and the public adopted systems, mimic the natural drainage process and protect or enhance water quality.

Sustainable drainage regulations come into force on any project greater than 100m2 in Wales and South Wales Sports Grounds are at the forefront of their implementation and information to the wider sporting community.

Natural grass pitches and playing fields are the backbone of recreation amongst schools and sports clubs. The high demands placed on such facilities means as with any specialist installation it is important to ensure that the construction methods will ultimately provide you with the right quality installation with the minimum of cancelled fixtures. We design and build to current regulations for the design of sports pitches

Because the climate in this country is often less than desirable careful consideration of every aspect of the construction is needed.

  • Consider the existing natural terrain, invest in a contractor with the machinery and experience to level the site without fear of future complication
  • Consider the soil characteristics, we can advise you on the likely performance of the existing soil as a drainage medium and as a sports surface
  • Consider what drainage is required
  • Consider incorporating imported materials such as free draining rafts beneath the surface, modified soil to improve playing characteristics and top dressing materials to keep the surface in the best possible condition.
  • Consider erecting perimeter fencing to protect your facility, we carry out full design and erection service in-house.
  • Consider the blend of seed best suited to the particular sport, we can advise on all the available blends.
  • Consider what maintenance you will need to carry out post construction

Our extensive knowledge built up since 1964 means we can design and build natural grass surfaces to meet any performance criteria. This experience means we haven’t seen a soil type or site that cannot be carefully developed to provide a top class, durable facility whatever standard of play is required.