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
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.
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
These are now an essential part of local authority commitment to providing areas for physical activity either in schools, community centres or parks. Because we are experienced in all aspects of sports surfacing, grass, artificial turf, tarmac, polymeric etc we can construct facilities to meet a wide range of sporting requirements.
As with any sports surface the need for good drainage and base construction are crucial to its success. Our experience of drainage and earthworks and the role they play means we do not cut corners on these elements.
Multi Use Games Areas are often small in size and located in areas with restricted access. Despite this they still have a large amount of elements, drainage and base construction, kerbing and footpaths, surfacing and fencing. We are unique amongst our competitors because all of these elements are undertaken by our own skilled workforce. This means we can provide quality installations whilst passing on the obvious cost benefits to our clients. We do not rely on subcontractors and therefore delays in construction are reduced considerably. Where a site is to be floodlit we only use an established floodlight contractor for the electrical elements, all civils works are still carried out by our staff.
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.
Duncan Bennett – Notts Sports Managing Director
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.
Trowbridge Rd, Rumney, Cardiff CF3 1XZ
Jarred Owen – Senior Building Manager Willmott Dixon
Type 4 Natural Grass Pitch Fullsize FIFA and World Rugby Accredited 3G Surface 6 Court MUGAs for Tennis / Netball / Basketball and Football