McArdle Sport Tec were elated to construct a prestigious 3-million-pound sports project at Bournbrook pitches, after partners, TigerTurf won a competitive tendering process.
The Bournbrook redevelopment has since been selected to host the hockey competition phase for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Costing nearly 2 million pounds, the water-based pitches will accomodate temporary seating for 5,000 visitors watching the live games being held from the 27 July – 7 August.
University of Birmingham Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood said: “The University of Birmingham is honoured to have been part of this successful bid to bring such a prestigious sporting event to our home city. Birmingham is a global university and we have invested significantly in new sporting facilities that match the reputation we enjoy around the world.”
TigerTurf’s FIH Quality Wett Pro carpet was installed in reflex blue with red surrounds; these iconic colours were selected to reflect the University crest. The pitches took a total of 20 weeks to complete and were built to meet FIH Global standards, a specification by The Federation Internationale de Hockey; which classifies the facilities to hold international and top level national competitions. Currently there are only 19 other pitches in the United Kingdom which meet the same stringent criterion.
In addition to the two hockey pitches, a full size TigerTurf Rugby 360 3G football and rugby pitch meeting World Rugby Reg 22 and FIFA Quality standards was completed in October 2017, and work is on-going to complete ten tennis/netball courts with 106 new parking spaces.
Awarded the top university for sport within the UK, combined with the only university team in the woman’s hockey national league; Birmingham University pride themselves on producing and nurturing participation and personal achievements; including five students which have now been selected in the England Hockey Squad:
Amy Costello, Anna Toman, Erica Sanders, Olivia Paige and gold Rio Olympic champion Lily Owsley
University of Birmingham student, Lily Owsley MBE and Olympic champion from Rio 2016 commented: “Since becoming a student at Birmingham I’ve had the benefit of being able to study, train and play on this fantastic campus, with world class facilities and support.
“A home Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022 will certainly be an incentive for me to continue playing to make the England team for 2022, and play on home ground here on campus. I’m sure it will also inspire many other young players to live their dream of playing for England in a major Games on home turf.”
The University strategic plan for the new facilities aim to provide opportunities and increased participation for students and the local clubs and the community. Offering affordable access to sporting facilities for all demographics, particularly within younger age groups and encourage those with disabilities.