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

  • Site Address

    Fitzalan High School
    Lawrenny Ave,
    Cardiff,
    CF11 8XB

    Client

    Andrew Miles – Keir

    Contract Value

    £3.35 Million

    Construction Duration

    12 Months

    Completion Date

    August 2021

  • Facility Details

    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


Alongside the construction of a World Rugby and FIFA compliant 3G surface South Wales Sports Grounds (SWSG) werecommissioned to build a 400m 6 lane athletics track on the existing redgra area of Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive. The athletics track, built to encompass the newly installed 3G, will provide a training and competition surface for the school as well as the local community. Built with the subcontractor Polytan the surface also has the Polytan SmarTrack system enabling real-time timing and tracking using magnets laid beneath the surface. Users of the track can utilise this technology through an app on their phones to track their performance.

The athletics facility is built to the highest and latest technology in athletics surfaces and provides a fantastic asset to any school’s sportsday.

“The schools are delighted with their new sports facilities finished to an excellent standard and the care taken throughout the works to minimize any disruption to the school’s day to day running and at the same time ensuring the safety of the pupils. I would certainly recommend SWSG as a contractor on future projects”.

Adrian Watkins – Design Project Manager, RCTCBC.

  • Site Address

    Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive,
    Penycoedcae Rd,
    Beddau,
    Pontypridd
    CF38 2AE

    Contact

    Adrian Watkins – Rhondda Cynon Taff

    Contract Value

    £800k

    Construction Duration

    20 weeks

    Completion Date

    August 2019

  • Facility Details

    FIFA and World Rugby Accredited 3G Surface

    Large natural grass throwing areas

    Full-size 400m 5 Lane running track.

    Polytan smart track system.

In conjunction with Bouygues UK, South Wales Sports Grounds (SWSG) constructed a new football and hockey 3G surface as well as a macadam bank of tennis, basketball and netball courts at the extiting school site at Llantwit Major Comprehensive School. The 3G surface was topped with sand and rubber crumb with the MUGA finished with a sports colour coating paint for improved grip and surface longevity.

SWSG and its subcontractors were involved in all aspects of the construction including flootlights & electrical, drainage, subbase, stone and tarmacadam providing designs and information during pre-construction and carrying on with maintenance after the surfaces’ completion.

  • Site Address

    Ham Ln E,
    East Llantwit Major
    CF61 1TQ

    Client

    Mike Baynham – Bouygues Projects Director

    Contract Value

    £550,000

    Construction Duration

    16 weeks

    Completion Date

    October 2017

  • Facility Details

    FIFA Quality & FIH Accredited 3G
    Multi Use Games Area
    Polymeric Long & Triple Jump Run up and pit.


In spring 2018, South Wales Sports Grounds constructed a new sand dressed synthetic surface specifically for the all-girls school’s hockey team at Howells School at Llandaff, Cardiff.  The project involved the removal of the exiting grass surface, installation of a new stone raft, fencing, hydraulic “raise and lower” floodlights and ancillary footpath works. The works took place alongside the construction of a 2 bank MUGA and grass pitch.

The surface was handed over in July 2018 and enabled the school and community to utilise the hockey, small sided football and tennis markings.

The project worked in tandem with Notts Sports and was worked and managed throughout by SWSG’s in house teams.

  • Site Address

    Howells School,
    Cardiff
    CF5 2YD

    Client

    Duncan Bennett – Notts Sports Managing Director

    Contract Value

    £200,000

    Construction Duration

    20 weeks.

    Completion Date

    July 2018

  • Facility Details

    2G FIH accredited hockey surface
    4 Court Multi Use Games Area
    Type 4 Natural Grass Pitch

The project in Eastern High, Cardiff was a multi construct project with the installation of a full-size FIFA and World Rugby quality 3G surface, 2 large-scale tarmac multi-use-games-areas and a natural grass surface. The project was completed with the main contractor, Willmott Dixon.

The natural surface was built alongside the other facilities and provided a playing surface for the needs of the school’s rugby, football, hockey teams and many more.

The grass pitch was built as a Sport England Type 4 grass surface and therefore has both primary and secondary drainage, pitch dressing sand and grass seed & fertilizer.

  • Site Address

    Trowbridge Rd,
    Rumney,
    Cardiff
    CF3 1XZ

    Client

    Jarred Owen – Senior Building Manager Willmott Dixon

    Contract Value

    £1.1 Million

    Construction Duration

    34 weeks

    Completion Date

    March 2017

  • Facility Details

    Type 4 Natural Grass Pitch
    Fullsize FIFA and World Rugby Accredited 3G Surface
    6 Court MUGAs for Tennis / Netball / Basketball and Football


South Wales Sports Grounds (SWSG) were commissioned for the Design and Build of a new state of the art 3G facility for Llanishen Rugby Club in the Summer of 2018. The project was constructed on the existing school site at Llanishen High and as such, provided a top of the range facility to be utilised by both the club and school in tandem.

SWSG were involved from the original inception to the final products delivery working through designs, planning, client liaisons and much, much more.

Using the latest technologies in products and machinery, SWSG were able to construct the pitch with banked surrounds on three sides to minimise noise and light spill to the neighbouring community as well as utilising the ground model for a multipart attenuation system.

Along with the attenuated drainage, the facility was built with an 8m fence / net configuration, attenuation raft, dynamic stone base and shockpad.

Outside of the main facility, SWSG were involved in the design and build of the clubhouse, changing room facilities and carpark which involved the demolition of the older steel structure, full drainage and attenuation of the area and base works for the newest build.

The final product is certified to World Rugby and FIFA Quality

“Having met with a large number of pitch developers, Llanishen RFC decided that South Wales Sports Grounds provided the best overall package, not only in terms of value for money, which is vital, but also in terms of build time, build quality and project management. The development was completed on schedule, and the company provided a first class well managed service and workforce.

The site has also become a great attraction for touring rugby and football teams, as the quality of the facility and surface is high, as are the other on-site facilities. The other benefit to Llanishen RFC is that the renowned South Wales rain no longer causes matches to be cancelled.”

Gary Phillips – Club Chairman

  • Site Address

    Llanishen High School,
    Heol Hir,
    Cardiff
    CF14 5YL

    Client

    Ian Burns – Facilities Manager
    Bryn Wilde – Manaing Director CDM Solutions

    Contract Value

    £1.1 Million

    Construction Duration

    30 weeks.

    Completion Date

    February 2019

  • Facility Details

    9208m2 World Rugby and FIFA quality accredited 3G surface

    Club House and Car Park

    8m high banking surrounding pitch to reduce noise and light spill

    Pitch Assist usage and mainteance monitoring