Ardingly College non-turf practice nets refurbishment
Client: Ardingly College
Location: West Sussex
To improve the school’s existing non-turf practice system, which previously provided four non-turf ‘lanes’ of multiple lengths, and provide a fully carpeted, uniformed playing surface. The refurbished facility needed to work seamlessly with the school’s existing portable netting system and reduce the level of ongoing maintenance
Ardingly College researched a number of different suppliers, but were impressed with previous projects carried out by total-play Ltd and the cost-effective solution it proposed.
Works included the lifting and removal of all existing carpets and shock pads before natural turf in front of the former batting end was stripped. The native soil was then excavated and an aggregate sub-base was constructed in preparation for the installation of the new plying surface carpet. Natural turf was also stripped from areas either side of the playing lanes, excavated and replaced with an aggregate sub-base to provide a continuous surface ready for carpeting
Once this preparation work was complete, new pace modifying shock pads and playing surface carpets were installed across the entire facility.
“Cricket is a massive part of school life at Ardingly College; our practice nets see particularly heavy use from over 400 students from across the senior and prep schools, and also from groups that hire out the facility during school holidays. The improved facility will help us to raise standards of cricket within the school – although the new nets were only installed at the end of the 2013 season, I did ask one of last year’s students to try them out and he was very impressed. We’re really looking forward to getting into training for the 2014 season using this great new facility.”
Matt Blunden, Head of Grounds