Dura-Sport were approached to provide advice to Five Ways Old Edwardians Cricket Club regarding location and construction of a new twin bay practice facility to replace their existing, which faced in the wrong direction and was not fit for purpose.
Therefore in order to meet ECB requirements a new area of the field had to be chosen to locate the new facility in a North-South orientation. The area identified provided its own challenges due to the topography, levels and falls along 3 sides of the area, with the 4th (Eastern) side determining the finish level due to its proximity to the outfield.
With a laser level set to record all stages of the build, the area was stripped of turf and concrete before the three lower sides were built up using a range of materials including inverted slabs, gabion boxes and sleepers, to form perforated retaining walls to bring the perimeter of the facility level with the Eastern side and finish level.
Any areas of the facility measuring deeper than 200mm below the finish level were back filled with suitable stone and load bearing materials to form a stable and free draining sub base. Then the foundation aggregate, performance layers and synthetic components were imported which form The ECB Approved pitch system and surrounds.
The facility design itself features 2no. 26.00m long practice pitches incorporating The ECB Approved DSi-pro cricket pitch system, surfaced with DSi-weave. DS Evograss 3G grass was then installed alongside and in between each pitch, finishing 300mm outside the cage structure to form a mowing margin between the natural grass and the facility. A heavy duty ECB compliant cage structure was erected and fitted with our DS HD 3mm thick dark green knotted netting to the backs, wings, intermediates and full roof.
The immediate surrounding ground was then rotivated, seeded and rolled. The facility meets all ECB technical requirements, was completed on time and within budget and is bedded in and ready for the 2018 cricket season.