Project experience Football pitches
Construction expertise Drainage
Turfing
Services Construction
Rejuvenation
Year completed 2019
Client Porstmouth Football Club
Contractor idverde
 
 

Challenge

idverde was commissioned by Portsmouth Football Club in April 2019 to improve the drainage system and also install a new Mixto hybrid turf surface.

Solution

The Club had been experiencing problems with the drainage and stability of their pitch for a number of years and idverde contacted them to discuss how Mixto hybrid turf could help improve their pitch.

The first action was to install gravel bands into the pitch at 250mm centres to enhance the underlying drainage system. This was completed using a Blec Vibra Sand Master.

The existing surface of the pitch was then removed using the Koro, making sure that all vegetative material was completely removed, leaving a flat surface free of any organic matter. All the work up to this point was carried out through extremely poor wet weather. This was a challenge in itself to make sure that the underlying network of the pitch was not damaged.

Around 250 tonnes of rootzone was then spread onto the surface and brushed to improve any local levels and fill any depressions.

A Mixto Hybrid carpet was then placed and positioned over the entire area, making sure that there were no gaps and that the carpet was lying flat to the surface of the pitch.

550 tonnes of Mansfield Sand was then applied to the Mixto carpet and carefully brushed into the pile, ensuring the team didn’t move or distort the Mixto in any way. Standing the pile up while doing so ensured sure that the fibres in the Mixto were not trapped beneath the sand, but were at the surface where they are required.

On completion of the sand fill, the pitch was then seeded six weeks before the first game to make sure that the pitch was ready. Fertiliser applications were managed by Matt Frost and his team at Portsmouth FC.

Result

Portsmouth FC played its first at-home game on the new pitch on 6th August 2019 and secured a resounding 3-0 win against Birmingham City – a great result for Portsmouth FC and Mixto.


Challenge

idverde was commissioned by Portsmouth Football Club in April 2019 to improve the drainage system and also install a new Mixto hybrid turf surface.

Solution

The Club had been experiencing problems with the drainage and stability of their pitch for a number of years and idverde contacted them to discuss how Mixto hybrid turf could help improve their pitch.

The first action was to install gravel bands into the pitch at 250mm centres to enhance the underlying drainage system. This was completed using a Blec Vibra Sand Master.

The existing surface of the pitch was then removed using the Koro, making sure that all vegetative material was completely removed, leaving a flat surface free of any organic matter. All the work up to this point was carried out through extremely poor wet weather. This was a challenge in itself to make sure that the underlying network of the pitch was not damaged.

Around 250 tonnes of rootzone was then spread onto the surface and brushed to improve any local levels and fill any depressions.

A Mixto Hybrid carpet was then placed and positioned over the entire area, making sure that there were no gaps and that the carpet was lying flat to the surface of the pitch.

550 tonnes of Mansfield Sand was then applied to the Mixto carpet and carefully brushed into the pile, ensuring the team didn’t move or distort the Mixto in any way. Standing the pile up while doing so ensured sure that the fibres in the Mixto were not trapped beneath the sand, but were at the surface where they are required.

On completion of the sand fill, the pitch was then seeded six weeks before the first game to make sure that the pitch was ready. Fertiliser applications were managed by Matt Frost and his team at Portsmouth FC.

Result

Portsmouth FC played its first at-home game on the new pitch on 6th August 2019 and secured a resounding 3-0 win against Birmingham City – a great result for Portsmouth FC and Mixto.


 
 
 
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