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Raising the standards for sports facility projects

We are the recognised trade association for the sports and play construction industry in the UK. All of our members go through a strict checking process:

  • Strict Admission Criteria
  • Standards of Construction
  • Code of Professional Conduct
  • Technical Mediation
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What do you need to know?

The key to any successful construction project is in having an agreed project programme with clear timescales and terms of payment. Work with your contractor of choice to agree this programme and make sure you understand how it might vary, for example if bad weather will affect laying surfaces.

Clear and effective communication between client and contractor is vitally important; make sure you agree and record instructions and variations, and take time to keep a project diary, with photographs. Your role in the project management will vary depending on the size, complexity and value of the works, but that should not stop you from seeking regular project updates.

Finally, do not underestimate the importance of project completion and handover. This is the point at which you should inspect the works carefully and highlight any concerns to your contractor.

How can SAPCA help?

We can help you find the right SAPCA member for your project, by using our member search function to find qualified, experienced and local contractors who have the expertise to take on your project.

We have also brought together a collection of case studies covering a wide variety of projects, so you learn more about the challenges faced by similar organisations and gain confidence in your own project.

Your next steps

  • Browse our verified members to find a construction partner
  • Find inspiration and gain confidence from similar organisations from our case studies
  • Discover our guides, including SAPCA’s codes-of-practice for construction and installation of various facilities or surfaces
  • Continue your project journey to learn more about maintaining your facility

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