Speedcut Contractors busy across all sporting venues

Mike Beardallin Industry News

King\'s College School cricket square after less than a year.JPGOxford-based Speedcut Contractors have completed a number of major sporting projects and are currently involved in some high-profile work in golf, football, rugby and cricket.

Following the re-building of Exeter City FC's stadium pitch and the construction of two new football pitches for Rowley Lane Sports Association in Barnet, North London, Speedcut are now working on new football pitches for Long Lane FC on a 13-acre site at Kidbrook in South East London.

At Sundridge Park Golf Club, Kent, they are reshaping and recontouring tees and bunkers, while at Castle Royal Golf Club in Berkshire they have dredged and lined a large lake.

At Blue Mountain Golf Club in Berkshire, Speedcut reconstructed two tees that were affected by heavy snow last winter while at Chislehurst Golf Club in Kent they have installed green surrounds drainage and Gwazae-aerated half the greens in preparation for the winter.

INew tee at Foxhills Golf Club and Resort, Surrey, created by the new Speedcut laser grader.JPGn Southend-on-Sea, Essex, Speedcut have built football pitches, a cricket square, artificial wickets and cricket nets for Futures Community College. They have also renovated existing sports pitches.

Speedcut's laser-leveller for renovating tees and cricket wickets has been in action at golf and cricket clubs across the country.

Their Gwazae aerator (for relieving areas of compaction) has been heavily used on racecourses, cricket outfields, football and rugby pitches and golf courses. At West Chiltington Golf Club, West Sussex, all the greens were treated with the Speedcut Gwazae aerator during the early spring. Results were described as "outstanding" by course manager Adam Hartley.

At Piltdown Golf Club in East Sussex, Speedcut have built a new ladies tee at the 18th and a new green, as well as recontouring around the men's tee and building six other new tees, including a winter tee at the 9th.

At the Royal Mid Surrey GC paths round the clubhouse have been resurfaced with a special rubberised non-slip surface.

SRowley Lane Sports Association pitches under construction in Barnet showing Speedcut finishing surface over lateral drainage into main drain.JPGpeedcut built two new rugby pitches and an artificial cricket wicket at Kings College School, Surrey, in early summer as part of phase two of expanding sports facilities.

Last year they carried out complete drainage and laser-levelling on three football pitches and moved and rebuilt a cricket square, creating six new wickets.

They also built a 52,000-cubic litre water tank which will hold extracted water from nearby Ply Brook to irrigate the pitches.

Speedcut managing director Dick Franklin said: "This has been a very busy time for our teams but we have completed projects against tight deadlines and are delighted at the number of satisfied clients who have called us in to carry out further work."

Details: 01865 331479. www.speedcutcontractors.co.uk

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