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New Floodlit Tennis Courts with Pavilion

This was a challenging project and from the outset the site was a demanding one:

  • Overgrown marshland - At certain times of the year access was impossible.
  • River flood plain – twice during the contract, works had to be suspended due to flooding.
  • Old gas works, old foundations and buried waste were issues.
  • HV overhead cables the length of the site needed to be lowered.
  • Contaminated land - A remediation strategy was implemented with an appointed consultant.
  • Outfall area for illegal surrounding drainage - A number of illegal drains discharged into the site which had to be dealt with.

Our brief was to reclaim the site, and identify areas of contamination including tar and cyanide from the old gas works.

Client: Waverley Borough Council

Contract: JCT Design & Build

Contract Value: £1,500,000

Build Time: 18 months

We constructed a new pavilion building and five acrylic coated tennis courts, including floodlighting. In addition, Blakedown also:

  • Organised the lowering and re-routing of the HV overhead power cables – this took 18 months.
  • Designed and installed a new drainage scheme that did not affect the site's use as a flood water storage area – a design which had to meet Environment Agency criteria.
  • Site clearance, earthworks, form containment cells for the contamination, re-route footpaths and construct carpark areas and access ways.
  • Arrange new power and water for the tennis club.
  • On completion of the above, Blakedown then ensured the site was set in a suitable landscaped setting.

The outcome of the project saw a contaminated, marshy waste land, previously an eyesore and dumping ground, transformed into a local asset. All in a landscaped setting with five new coloured, floodlit tennis courts and pavilion, a footpath along the river with new seating and additional eco-friendly car parking for the town. Plus a photo-voltaic system contributed toward the new lighting system.

Location: off Mike Hawthorne Drive , Farnham, Surrey GU9 7UH

New tennis court development at Farnham Riverside for Waverley Borough Council
A row of five tennis courts coloured light green inside each court and dark green outside
Newly built tarmac tennis courts with floodlighting and surrounding fencing
Farnham Riverside tennis courts in the foreground with pavilion in the background
A close-up view of the tarmac tennis court surface
A new red-brick sports pavilion within a landscaped setting
New tarmac and gravel carpark with floodlighting at Farnham Riverside
Tennis club parking facilities with bike racks and seating, built by Blakedown Sport & Play

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