Oundle School

Bulk Earthworks and Hockey Pitch Construction

Oundle School, one of Britain’s leading co-educational boarding and day schools, appointed CLS Sports to carry out their extensive hockey facility improvements. The project was split over two phases and involved the refurbishment of one hockey pitch and the construction of two new hockey pitches.

The reconstruction of the existing hockey pitch involved the removal of the existing synthetic turf, shockpad and macadam surfacing before the base was regraded and a new stabilising layer was installed. The pitch was then reconstructed and new perimeter fencing erected.

The construction of the two new hockey pitches began with a significant amount of bulk earthworks to create the formation layer. Soft ground conditions then dictated a fresh approach to drainage. The two new pitches were installed with a pozi-drain and geotextile layer - a trenchless system fitted with drainage sections incorporated into a geotextile which allows the bidirectional flow of water and avoids settlement within drain lines.

An engineered base was then installed, along with an insitu rubber shockpad before the 18mm sand dressed synthetic turf was laid. The associated sand infill was then installed evenly to finish the surface and create the correct characteristics for play. CLS also installed perimeter fencing, floodlighting and perimeter footpaths.

On completion of the works the pitches were then independently tested and achieved FIH National standards.