Located in the heart of the Ribble Valley, the synthetic pitch at Stonyhurst College marks the latest high-quality pitch replacement designed and delivered by Surfacing Standards Limited (SSL), a member of SAPCA’s Professional Services division.
Having been founded in 1593, Stonyhurst is the oldest Jesuit College in the world and one of the leading Catholic boarding and day schools for three- to 18-year-olds.
When a decision was made to replace the 21-year-old synthetic pitch, the College turned to SSL to help deliver the project.
Within weeks of being appointed, SSL completed a comprehensive condition survey on the old synthetic pitch providing independent advice on redevelopment options. A formal tender process quickly followed and after contractor appointment SSL were on hand to carry out quality control inspections through the works onsite.
The end result is an impressive new FIH-compliant, sand-dressed surface system complete with contrasting coloured surrounds proudly embedding the College logo. Additional features include new maintenance machinery to allow site grounds staff to keep the new surface in top condition, synthetic turf-covered kickboards to reduce hockey ball impact noise and Stonyhurst-branded hockey goals.
The works were programmed to overlap the Easter holidays in order to reduce the impact on college sports provision. Completed in less than 30 working days, the project was delivered within budget.
Paul Sharples, Commercial Director at Stonyhurst commented: “SSL were appointed due to the ‘whole project’ offer ensuring value for money and supporting Stonyhurst with the various complexities associated with a project of this scale. A very supportive team who led our project in a professional manner which met the brief and budget requirements. The service provided was very good, clear communication, support, and advice throughout”.