Why are synthetic turf playing surfaces so popular?


The main reason is the versatility of the surface.

How does a synthetic playing surface compare to natural one?


Everyone has their own opinion on this. What can be said, however, is that a synthetic surface will be still playable in situations where a natural pitch would not, this is because they are less prone to the effects of prolonged bouts of inclement weather.

How long does synthetic turf last before it has to be replaced?


This depends upon the specification the surface has been designed for. Some surfaces may be designed for light use so be given a 10 year life span. Others may be designed for heavy use and played on night & day, these may only carry a 5 year lifespan.

It is down to choosing the correct surface for your given sport(s) and for the proposed duty cycle. We are here to advise you on the right surface for your needs. All surfaces, however, will only last if they receive the relevant regular and annual maintenance.

How difficult is it to maintain a synthetic surface?


Looking after a synthetic surface is not an onerous task. Artificial surfaces can provide a valuable training and match play facility, helping to ease pressure on natural grass pitches, but will only provide a sustainable long term solution if they are maintained correctly.

The main regular task simply brushing, removing dirt and leaves, re-distributing the infill and lifting the pile. If this is carried out it will to help avoid undertaking costly one off refurbishments and renovation works.

How long does it take to construct a full size artificial sports pitch?


The construction of a full size artificial sports pitch for:

  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Hockey

On a green field site or a pre-prepared brown filed site will take between 12 to 16 weeks to complete depending on site specific factors such as location and the Great British weather. This includes the entire infrastructure; such as access paths, perimeter fencing and floodlighting.

How long does it take to replace an artificial pitch?


Replacing an artificial pitch, in general, is less time consuming than a full new construction. The same site specific factors including location and not forgetting the Great British weather still need to be factored into the time scale, however, this should all be able to be completed in 4 to 6 weeks.

Is there any guidance available on pitch sizes for different standards of competition and age groups?


Yes, there are numerous places to find this information. We are here to guide you, plus lots of information can be found on the 'Sport England' website and the S.A.P.C.A. website links below as well as the governing bodies website for your specific sport(s).

Will planning permission be required for my synthetic pitch?


In the vast majority of cases the answer to this would be yes. Most schemes include engineered items such as fencing, lighting and paths.

The new pitch may be replacing a current grass pitch which means both Sport England and the governing body for the sport played on the grass pitch will be written to for comment.

We would always advise that you consult your local planning office, but we can offer a full planning service for you.

How long does it take for a natural pitch to be ready for play after seeding?


Usually the best growing periods are between April - May and September - October due to the relatively warm temperatures and high rainfall during these periods.

Conditions on every site are different, but we would usually expect a pitch to be ready for play within 9-12 months after seeding.

That being said, there are factors that can affect this time scale, such as the types of sport and to what level it is played... and of course the Great British weather!

When is the best time to start construction of a natural pitch?


In an Ideal world, Spring or Summer would be the time to programme this type of project. Generally in Spring and Summer we can maximise works in the periods of dry weather. Working in the dry will avoid any unnecessary ground disturbance. This also allows for the optimum growing period of Autumn with high temperatures and good moisture levels.

How quickly can you arrange a site visit?


Depending on the time of year, we aim to visit any potential site within 1 week of the initial enquiry. We think it is important to respond promptly and to visit the site so that we can offer practical solutions to you.

Are CLS employees qualified?


We are CITB Platinum award holders, which means that over 90% of our employees hold a qualification in the discipline in which they work.

Are CLS accredited for Quality?


We see the recent development of quality management systems and their application in the landscape/construction industry as a means of providing confidence in the company's abilities to customers.

As a logical step in following the principles outlined above, CLS implemented a Quality System which became accredited to ISO 9001:2008 in March 2009. In February 2012 we undertook a renewal external audit by SGS in which achieved renewal until 2015. We are annually reassessed by SGS.

Are CLS recognised by any governing bodies?


A dedication to quality and high achievement has been rewarded with acknowledgement by respected industry body Sports And Play Construction Association (SAPCA), the only national construction organisation recognised by the Lawn Tennis Association.

SAPCA considers CLS as the 'Principal Contractor' in the synthetic pitch, natural turf pitch and tennis court divisions. We are also recognised by the L.D.C.A. Land Drainage Contractors Association.

What is CLS's relationship with Sport England?


Cleveland Land Services Ltd (CLS) has been selected by Sport England to support their framework for the 'Design and Construction of Artificial Outdoor Sports Surfaces'. The requirements include visiting and surveying sites for condition and suitability nationally, preparing feasibility reports (including outline design proposals), consulting with local Planning & Building Control departments, preparation & submission of necessary Planning & Building Control applications, and developing detailed design solutions as well as the construction process itself. The framework will provide Clients with an informed 'one stop shop' for their project.

This 4 year framework agreement is a part of a new strategy by Sport England to facilitate the delivery of new and upgraded sports facilities across England, initially in support of the


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