Football pitch installation and mixed-used games area

Design and build of football pitch, mixed-used games area, sprint track and car park

O’Brien Sports was awarded a subcontract for the design and build of new facilities at Broxhill Sports Centre in Romford.

The project involved the creation of a new full sized 3G football pitch, designed and constructed to meet the requirements of the FIFA Quality Concept, a floodlit multi-use games area, a polymeric sprint track and car park.

The project faced a number of challenges, not least the fact that the original earthworks design required sizable cut to fill, with an imbalance of material. This surplus of material required sending to landfill and would create a large budget deficit for the client.

During the tender stage, O’Brien’s earthworks team analysed the client’s original design and carried out an in-house survey using state-of-the-art satellite surveying technology. This included an assessment of how to make improvements in order to provide cost and environmental savings, making best use of the site earthworks strategy and repositioning the facilities.

The team modelling the project using the “NRG Survey System” and suggested alternative designs that included optimisation of pitch levels and landscaping solutions to achieve the elusive earthworks balance across the site.

In conjunction with the client, this solution managed to totally eliminate the requirement for any material to be removed from the site and brought the scheme within the client’s original budget.

Through O’Brien Sports’ intervention, material to landfill was reduced by 100% as a direct result of a refined earthworks strategy. This in turn eliminated disposal costs and ensured the scheme could be delivered within budget and on time.

Preparing for success

The time spent prior to work commencing on site has been extremely valuable in managing out the problems that are normally associated with these types of schemes.

Tim Storer


Project overview


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Sports pitches