The 3G pitch at Broad Market, Hackney is part of the Arsenal FC community project.
The issue with a lot of community surfaces based within inner city estates is that they get a huge amount of use. At Broadway Market, the centre of the pitch was worn out with areas through to the backing of the grass and subsequent damage to the base. The grass pile was sitting completely flat with the rubber and sand compacted right into the base of the pile.
Sand dressed pitches are commonly used in schools and facilities and can be known as 2nd generation surfaces.
Unlike SAND FILLED where the sand goes all the way to the top of the pile and can appear as though you are playing on sand, SAND DRESSED has a more complex pile architecture where the sand only goes between 60-80% of the pile height.
The sand filled pitch at Ely Outdoor Sports Association is 18 years old and desperately needs replacing. The club are currently working incredibly hard to fund a new pitch but in the meantime need it to last another season.
The pitch already has 30 repairs on it; seams were failing as well as seams around original patches. Artificial Grass Cambridge were called in as a matter of urgency due to the dangerous nature of open seams around the nearside D and the possibility that such undulations would cause injury and club closure.
The water based at Harleston Magpies Hockey club in Diss, Norfolk is a Charles Lawrence Grass Hopper surface that is approximately 17 years old. Used continually for the first teams at the club, Harleston Magpies are one of the premier hockey clubs in the East Premier A league.
Cricket wickets are a tensioned surface, therefore repairs are done as a last resort to get it through one last season before it is replaced. Heavy wear areas, generally on the batting end of an artificial wicket, can become damaged. At Kings School, Ely this had happened mid-season so as a regular contractor and experts in cricket wickets we were asked to undertake the repairs.