The original AstroturfTM in the United States circa 1965 was the first type of synthetic grass surface to be developed and was used in the Houston Astrodome for American football. Whilst the sand infill system required by this surface has remained a constant, the technology of synthetic grass has increased extensively.
The sand-filled system is the ultimate all-round, all-weather sports surface: it can accommodate almost all non-contact sports such as hockey, tennis, football, netball, basketball, volleyball, rounders, cricket and athletics, and its key selling point is its durability: play takes place largely on the infill layer which protects the synthetic grass from wear and tear.
Sand-filled astroturf pitch at Bala
Sand-filled pitch construction for Penzance Hockey Club, Cambridge
Sand-filled pitch construction for the Blue Coat School
A sand-filled astroturf hockey and football pitch floodlit at night
Sand-filled pitch and track at Fairfield School
Astroturf pitch at Greenhead School
Astroturf pitch at Penzance Hockey Club
Astroturf pitch at Bathgate Sports Centre in West Lothian
Floodlit astroturf pitch in Cambridge
5-a-side astroturf football pitches at Tipton Sports Academy
Astroturf pitch at Brecon Hockey Club
Blakedown is one of the largest and longest established sports pitch construction companies in the UK. Our company began in the same decade as the original astroturf was invented and we have been working with universities, colleges, schools, councils and clubs for more than fifty years to complete outstanding sports facilities.
We offer an in-house design and build service and can cater for every requirement of the project, from the base works and drainage system, to the laying of turf and seaming of sports lines, and including the ancillary works such as fencing, floodlighting, and landscaping.
Bexley Council required four new multi-use sports facilities for four schools in the area: Hurstmere School, Woodside School, Trinity School, and Westwood College. Each facility had to be robust enough to withstand intensive usage throughout the day; with a large number of users playing a variety of sports and games simultaneously.
At Hurstmere and Trinity, the MUGA's were to be used for hockey as well as football, basketball and netball. A 24mm sand-filled synthetic turf was selected on account of its suitability for these sports as well as its durability against such intensive use.
Sand-filled sports turf will usually have a pile height of between 20mm and 26mm. This pile height is then filled almost to the top with infill sand and play largely takes place on the sand which protects the turf from wear and tear.
The 'Elite LSR' products from Edel Grass are made with 'Low Slide Resistance' technology - a special monomer is added to the yarn allowing players to easily pivot, turn, and run with reduced risk of injury. The turf is also available in a wide range of colours allowing for coloured run-offs, distinctive lines for different sports, and a facility made to match team, club, or school colours.