Speedcut celebrates 35 years of sportsturf projects at BTME

Mike Beardallin Industry News

Speedcut in action on football pitches at Wembley, with the stadium arch behindSpeedcut Contractors (BTME Stand A22) celebrates 35 years in the sportsturf business at Harrogate Week (January 24-26) following one of their busiest years in the industry.

They have completed five major football projects and built golf course tees, greens, ponds and bunkers at major golf clubs, including Foxhills Golf Club and Resort and Kingswood, both in Surrey.

Other golf clubs worked on included, among many others, Staverton Park in Northamptonshire, Piltdown in East Sussex, Sandown Park in Surrey, Wimbledon Park in London, Worthing in West Sussex, Sundridge Park in Kent, Lee-on-Solent in Hampshire, Nizels in Kent, The Oaks in Surrey, Lingfield Park in Surrey and Burgess Hill Golf Centre, West Sussex.

Their Gwazae deep-probe aerator has been in action at racecourses including Royal Windsor, Brighton and Fontwell while sand-banding and sand-slitting has been carried out on golf courses and football pitches across the country.

Football pitch construction included five at Kings Hill, near West Malling in Kent, five for Colchester United FC in Essex and five for Long Lane Junior FC at Kidbrooke Playing Fields, Greenwich, London.

Speedcut team at BTME 2011 l r Kevin Smith, Dick Franklin and Barry PaceThey also built eight pitches for Worthing Town FC and four pitches for Brent Council in the shadow of the Wembley National Stadium arch.

Some high-profile independent schools had new football and cricket pitches built, including Charterhouse in Surrey and two on the Isle of Man - King William College and Castle Rushden High School.

"This has been one of our busiest years ever," says Speedcut managing director Dick Franklin, who founded the business at his Oxfordshire base in 1977.
"We have dedicated teams who are highly trained in all aspects of drainage and sportsturf construction.

"Harrogate Week is very important for us because it is an opportunity to meet up informally with many clients and machinery suppliers who we work with during the year."

Dick's Speedcut team at Harrogate will include contract managers Kevin Smith and Barry Pace.

SPEEDCUT DETAILS: 01865 331479. www.speedcutcontractors.co.uk

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