Sports facilities at a school in Rochdale will soon be of a premier standard thanks to White Horse Contractors (Northern), one of the UK's leading natural and artificial sports ground specialists.
The company continue to go from strength to strength in 2013 with the completion of the Kingsway Park School Pitches project. WHC (N) were appointed by the main contractor, Carillion Building, to provide a 3G synthetic grass surface, fencing and floodlighting with the pitch being constructed on a grass field adjacent to the main school building.
After consultation with the school regarding sports and community use on the pitch, WHC (N) proposed to build a 40mm pile synthetic surface together with a sand & rubber in-filled pitch on a macadam base with 15mm shock pad to meet the requirement of being FIFA and FIH National standard.
The grass field area, where the new artificial pitch was going to be constructed, had been found to be heavily contaminated with asbestos to such a degree that it was necessary to limit earthworks and disruption of the sub soil to a minimum.
"The CAD department of White Horse provided construction drawings and sections that limited the requirement for earth works and the expensive off-site removal of contaminated spoil," said Jim Crabbe, White Horse Contractors (Northern) Contracts Director.
"As we could not dig in to the ground, normal drainage was replaced with a system that could be laid on to the formation and filled over with construction material. This also assisted in the requirements to make the pitch self-attenuating in terms of drainage. The entire structure formed a "holding tank" with a regulated outflow of drainage water to the storm water system."
Despite the asbestos issues encountered, excellent progress was achieved largely due to the company's in-house resources of specialist equipment and manpower. The project was completed within the program agreed and to the set budget.