Replay adds 5 years life to Chipping and Districts artificial pitch.

Louise Challissin Synthetics

When the surface of the artificial multi-use games area (MUGA) at Chipping & District Memorial Hall was beginning to show signs of wear and tear, they called in synthetic specialists Replay Maintenance to bring the surface back to an 'as new' condition.

Considered the hub of the community, the Hall offers a range of indoor and outdoor services to local residents and groups using the MUGA in addition to 2 full size football pitches, a skatepark and a children's play area.

The Hall has been a staple part of the village of Chipping since the 1920's, with a new hall building erected in time for the millennium. In 2006, a sand-based artificial pitch was installed thanks to local fundraising and a lottery-funded grant. "Though the village only has around 600 residents" explains Memorial Hall Treasurer, Simon Hore, "our sports facilities are in use most days. The artificial pitch is used 5 out of 7 evenings a week and additionally at weekends by the locals, as well as a large local football club of around 200 children. Though it may not get the battering that some pitches may get, over the course of a week there are hundreds of pairs of muddy boots running about on it!"

Although the carpet is swept from time to time, in its 11 years of play no real maintenance had taken place meaning a deep clean and some external help was required. "We had a few patches of moss and with any rainfall some areas of the pitch started to hold water. We were told about Replay Maintenance by the local council, so we got in touch and they came to assess our requirements. We decided to go for the full Rejuvenation process which I was very impressed with." Replay's unique Rejuvenation process uses constant air-flow plenum technology and compressed air to remove the contaminated top layer of sand; restore the pile to vertical and fill again with new clean infill."

"The work took Replay around a week in July, they also then came back to mark the pitch up for football, 5-a-side and netball when the weather permitted. The process was smooth and the results are clear to see. On the back of this, we have decided to take out a service agreement with Replay which will see them coming in quarterly to keep the surface at its best. This work all-in-all has added at least another 5 years to the lifespan of our facility."

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