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
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
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.
The playing surface at Fairwood training academy was constructed using a SIS stitched hybrid system utilising polyethylene monofilament dual tone colour filament and natural grass combination. The surface works were constructed on a new rootzone, sand and sacrificial and grit stone base.
Together with an 8-year warranty, SIS Grass and South Wales Sports Grounds supplied a world class state of the art surface, irrigation and drainage system as well as some ancillary fencing, pathway and edge constructions. South Wales Sports Grounds were responsible for all aspects of the construction build‐up with SIS Pitches completing the final stitching of the hybrid surface.
“In the summer of 2017 South Wales Sports Grounds together with SIS grass constructed 3 new, state of the art hybrid pitch at our first team training facilities at Fairwood. The work was completed to a very high standard and within the tight time frame. Site safety was ably considered and SWSG managed aspects of the build and aftercare well. The team worked with politeness and professionalism throughout and contributed to a World class end product.
We’ve used SWSG for all our renovations and new build projects over the last four years and I would thoroughly recommend their services for any future endeavours”.
Swansea City A.F.C. Project Manager
Fairwood Training Grounds, Upper Killay, Swansea SA2 7JX
Rhidian Stephens Swansea City A.F.C. Project Manager
SIS Hybrid state of the art stitched surface Combination of Natural and Artificial
In the summer of 2019 South Wales Sports Grounds (SWSG) were commissioned to replace the existing surface inside the Swansea.com Stadium, Swansea City AFC’s main pitch. The existing Hybrid system had been in place for 8 seasons and was in need of an upgrade. Alongside Support in Sport (SIS), SWSG removed the existing stitched makeup, rootzone and base sand and replaced with a new stitched and natural grass combo providing a technologically advanced, reinforced turf system.
Utilising LPS positional accuracy the pitch was re-laid to a domed shape enabling excellent surface drainage and prime stadium viewing conditions.
With a stitching and growing in period well managed by all parties, the surface was playable again before the first game of the 2019-2020 season.
“I would just like to say the service and support I’ve had off South Wales Sports Grounds is nothing but the best, all staff are very supportive, friendly and work with you at all time. I would highly recommend to anyone who’s interested in improving they’re facilities and taking things to the next level.”
Swansea City Grounds Manager
Swansea.com Stadium, Plasmarl, Swansea SA1 2FA
Andrew Davies – Head of Operations
9000sqm Stich SISGrass Hybrid Pitch
Upgraded Irrigation System
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
Working on behalf of GeoTurf Consulting, South Wales Sports Grounds (SWSG) renovated and reinstalled the Welsh Premier league sides main pitch providing a natural and in-keeping surface for the club and community. Over and above the main grass pitch works a new boundary fence and perimeter concreting works brought the pitch to the leagues new standards and gave better facility to players, coaches and the public.
Despite a particularly dry summer in 2018, SWSG’s installed and operated temporary irrigation system enabled the surface to be grown and established in time for the start of the season.
The Ramp, Undy, Caldicot NP26 3EW
Jonathon Smith – GEO Turf Constulating Limited
Natural grass pitch for Welsh League Football Fence surround Temporary irrigation systems
During the 2019-2020 pre-season, South Wales Sports Grounds (SWSG) renovated the Parc Y Scarlets stadium pitch from an existing fibre elastic / sand surface to a top of the range patented hybrid system.
The Parc Y Scarlets, home to the Llanelli Scarlets, was renovated and remodelled to a domed finish constructed using the latest LPS positional technology.
Alongside Support in Sport (SIS), SWSG removed the existing fibre sand and rootzone replaced with a new stitched and natural grass combo providing a technologically advanced, reinforced turf.
“We would have no hesitation in recommending SWSG to carry out installation of Hybrid pitches and 4G synthetic Surfaces”
FIFA and World Rugby Accredited 3G Surface Large natural grass throwing areas Full-size 400m 5 Lane running track. Polytan smart track system.
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