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Whatever your sport...

Synthetic sports surfaces have revolutionised the way sports are played at both recreational and competitive levels to the extent that every sport now effectively has a dedicated surface which has been developed and improved specifically to cater for its distinct play characteristics and performance requirements.

Most sports can also be played on a selection of other synthetic surfaces giving sports facility planners a great choice of surface when designing their pitch or court.

400m Hurdles event on an IAAF standard athletics track A game of hockey on a sand-filled astroturf pitch School hockey on astroturf pitch Football game at Goals Soccer Centre in Leicester Rugby training on a 3G artificial turf pitch Hockey match on a water-based pitch Basketball game at Ravenscourt Park, London Start of a hockey game on a sand-dressed pitch Professional football played on a 3G artificial turf pitch School rugby training on artificial turf Tennis match on an Advantage Red Court surface Junior 5-a-side football on a 3G pitch

What Blakedown offer...

Blakedown Sport & Play is one of the UK’s largest and longest established sports surface construction companies. We offer a range of surfaces and systems able to cater for every sport, and our in-house design and build services and dedicated contracts teams provide expert consultation and construction for every type of synthetic surface.

We take care of every aspect of the build; from the base works and drainage system, to the playing surface and sports equipment, and completing with fencing, floodlighting, landscaping, and maintenance.

Which is the best synthetic surface for football and what performance standards are set for artificial pitches? What other surfaces are available? What can Blakedown offer and what other projects have we completed?
» Football Pitch Construction
Is artificial turf suitable for competitive rugby and what performance standards have been set? What other synthetic surfaces are suitable? What can Blakedown offer and which other rugby pitches have we constructed?
» Rugby Pitch Construction
What surfaces and systems are available for hockey pitches and how do they differ? What is the top specification system for hockey and what performance standards are set? What other synthetic surfaces are suitable?
» Hockey Pitch Construction
What are the different types of athletics track and how are they constructed? What performance standards have been set to assess surface quality? Which other venues and athletics facilities have Blakedown constructed?
» Athletics Track Construction
What is the choice of surface available for tennis courts and how do the play characteristics differ on each? What are Blakedown’s tennis court construction services and what other projects have we completed?
» Tennis Court Construction
Netball, Basketball, Multi
Which is the best surface for netball and basketball, and what choice of surface is available for a combination of sports. How suitable are various synthetic surfaces to each sport and what are Blakedown’s MUGA construction services?
» MUGA Construction

Case Study | Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy

Blakedown Sport & Play were selected by Kier Moss for the extensive development of sports facilities at Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy near Walsall. A full-size 3G pitch was constructed using TigerTurf Football60 sports turf and three cross-play pitches with extendable divider netting.

Client: Kier Moss (Main Contractor)

Contract Type: Sub-contract

Contract Value: £470,000

Contract Duration: 14 weeks

The project included a tarmac games area comprising four tennis and four netball courts. Both were completed with heavy-duty sports fencing and floodlighting.   » See project in detail

The 3G pitch at Ormiston Shelfield Academy
A view of the sports facilities at Shelfield Academy
The netball courts at Shelfield Academy
Tarmac tennis and netball MUGA at Shelfield Academy
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Surface Suitability

Planning a synthetic sports facility for a combination of sports will involve compromise, and trying to accomodate too many sports on one surface will diminish quality.

The following table is designed to offer a rough guide for surface to sport suitability. For a more in-depth consultation, please feel free to call or email us.

[✔✔✔ = Ideal. ✔✔ = Very suitable. = Suitable. = Not suitable.]

Football Rugby Hockey Tennis Netball Basketball
Sand-filled ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Sand-dressed ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Water-based ✔ ✔ ✔
Tarmac ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Acrylic-coated Tarmac ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
Polymeric ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
3G 40mm pile ✔ ✔ ✔
3G 50mm pile ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
3G 60-65mm pile ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔
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Contact Us

Blakedown Sport & Play Ltd.
Apollo Office Park, Ironstone Lane
Wroxton, Oxfordshire
OX15 6AY

Tel: 01295 738238
Fax: 01295 738338

Tel: 01295 738238

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