Cricket Practice Nets Facility
Client: Furness CC
Unhappy with the performance of their existing artificial cricket practice nets facility, which had been deemed unfit for use, North Lancashire & Cumbria Cricket League side Furness CC began the process of rectifying the safety and performance issues faced.
With the existing nets having developed a number of chronic issues over time; including uneven playing surfaces, drainage issues, subsiding surface levels and advanced rot of the timber framework the club was keen to invest in a new system that would withstand the level of use demanded of a club with a busy training and match schedule for years to come.
A number of suppliers were approached for quotes; taking into account work done at other local grounds and the company’s track record for delivering facilities at county level and private schools before identifying total-play as favoured supplier.
total-play was then invited to visit site, where it identified all of the key issues with the existing facility and, on examination of methods of initial construction, came to the conclusion that the system could not be adequately ‘refurbished’ to meet the client’s expectations. The club was advised to regenerate the area with the ECB approved ‘tp365′ system, constructed with a concrete perimeter kerb and deeper aggregate construction, as total-play’s Anthony Burton explains:
“The previous timber framed system had degenerated at an alarming rate and serves as a prime example of why we at total-play construct facilities using concrete perimeter kerbs and other exacting specifications. We are so confident in their durability that our tp365 design carries a 36 year warranty on its base construction.”
In order to further protect the facility against similar issues recurring, the final playing surface levels were raised from the surrounding outfield to ensure a better draining, stronger system with nothing to degrade in future years. Using imported topsoil, the area surrounding the facility was graded up and seeded to ensure smooth run-up transitions for the bowlers.
The facility was finished with full length, full width Wilton Woven Cricket Surfacing with blue two-tone accents, plus the company’s HD protection tunnel netting system in dark green fitted with batting curtains.
Vice Chairman Keith Lawton says:
“The committee at Furness Cricket club would like to thank total-play for the excellent work that they have carried out at our practice net facility in Barrow. The club has formed an excellent relationship with all involved with your company, from the office staff, to the people who attended the site visits and inspections through to those involved with the installation of the nets themselves.
“The quality of the finished product is of the highest order, all dates set in the programme of work have been adhered to, and the club would not hesitate to recommend total-play to anybody. We look forward to working with you again in the future.”