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Hampton School’s 3G Sports Ground sets the new standard

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When S&C Slatter handed over the keys of the recently completed 3G Turf facility to Hampton School, there was a collective sense that something special had been achieved in delivering this project. The high quality of the facility is clear for all to see; the exceptional testing results prove FIFA 2-star and iRB regulation 22 performance standards are comfortably achieved across the facility; the overall aesthetic is pleasing on the eye and the new facility provides an exceptional sports and recreation asset for Hampton School. What sets this new facility apart from other sports ground development projects is found in the detail that is both seen and unseen. For example, the sheer scale of the 3G Turf footprint is impressive and exceptional (we believe this is the largest single 3G Turf facility in the country). The facility has the ‘wow’ factor that Hampton School wanted to achieve at the outset. However, what most visitors to the facility may never know is the extent of considered and involved construction methodologies employed to protect existing trees, to recover pitch drainage water and to maintain maximum aesthetic throughout the grounds. Unique features such as the installation of landscape artificial grass to the perimeter of the facility complements the new facility and enhances the overall aesthetic of the grounds. The new facility boasts a number of innovative designs and functions all designed to enhance the user experience and the safe operation of the facility. For example, the football and rugby pitch will benefit from a fully automatic irrigation system to assist the grounds staff to manage playing characteristics whatever the weather. The system was designed to link into the site’s existing irrigation system, maximising the control and water-use efficiency across the site. The in-ground irrigation heads are a newly developed product designed specifically for the synthetic turf market. Working to deliver this c.£1M project forged a collaborative working partnership between S&C Slatter and Hampton School. Within a positive environment of sensible project development discussion and goals, the contract has been delivered to high quality standards providing Hampton School with a facility that sets a new standard. Ensuring the facility remains in optimum condition is a challenge embraced head-on by the school’s forward thinking Head Groundsman, Clive Liddiard, ‘we set out to achieve something first-class with this project, a new facility that speaks of the quality and high standards synonymous with Hampton School. We have been on a journey over the last 18-months to seek out the best design solutions and the products to create what we wanted. We chose S&C Slatter to work with as they most closely understood what we wanted to achieve, and what we have achieved today by working with each other, not against each other, is superb. This facility is unequalled across the country and we are immensely proud of what we have achieved’ Clive has a keen attention to detail in all areas of his work and his desire to understand the 3G Turf products available and their respective required maintenance regime has led to the purchase of bespoke machinery to undertake these important tasks. Central to Clive’s success in transforming the grounds across Hampton School has been his understanding and adoption of science into his work. Liddiard again, ‘we’ll be taking regular measurements across the new 3G Sports Ground from day one to determine how the system is performing and feeding back this information to the iRB. This level of on-going performance monitoring into 3G surfaces will be incredibly important in understanding how 3G pitches perform at the elite standard over a given time frame.’ Commenting for S&C Slatter, Jason Douglass adds ‘we knew early on the project Hampton School were looking to develop was not your average new pitch enquiry. We understood early on that the level of detail sought and the pursuit of quality required from the client would allow us to shine. So often we see clients chasing the cheapest price and this inevitably dictates mediocre levels of quality. By working closely with Clive and the project team from the initial stages of project conception, we have been able to truly demonstrate the quality benefits of early contractor involvement in delivering a facility Hampton School and we are particularly proud of.’

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What does '3G pitch' mean?

The artificial turf named '3G' (Third Generation) is a surface created using synthetic fibres and rubbers, made to look like grass. Unlike previous artificial surfaces, the pitch does not contain sand, therefore it is much less likely to cause friction burns to the skin. The main reason for its use is maintenance—artificial turf stands up to heavy use, particularly in sports, and requires no irrigation or trimming.

How much to build a 3g football pitch?

The 3G surfaces have evolved to mimic the playing characteristics of a natural field but can be used endlessly in all weather conditions. The third generation surfaces is what all the premier league teams train on and to build a full size football pitch with fencing, floodlighting, drainage, groundworks and surfacing costs approximately 600k. This price is based on the site being good access and existing level conditions to the site.