Synthetic Sports Pitch Design

At CLS Sports we understand the number of options and alternatives of synthetic surfaces can be daunting. From painted macadam surfacing to 3G synthetic turf systems and the numerous options in between. We therefore aim to make the process as seamless and stress free as possible by understanding your needs and requirements from the outset. We offer planning and funding advice and will work with you throughout the design process to ensure an informed decision is reached when selecting the correct surface to meet your sporting requirements. 

Once a surface which will best suit the sports to be played is chosen, preliminary investigations will be carried out. These investigations will ensure the correct location, site and surroundings are chosen. Although location cannot always be altered, it is important this is considered as costs can be much higher for engineering a difficult site, and in some instances it may not be cost effective. Topography, access, site drainage, electrical supply, water supply, trees and ground conditions are all things we consider in great detail.

We will then design a pitch system that will offer you value you for money and the performance characteristics you require. Depending on the sport to be played and the final surface regularity requirements there will be a number of options for you to consider, namely the type of base (engineered or dynamic) and the type of shockpad (insitu or prefabricated) if required. 

What is the difference between an engineered and a dynamic base?

Subject to the site specific ground conditions there are two alternative construction options for the base; engineered and dynamic.

Engineered or bound bases are constructed from open textured asphaltic concrete (porous tarmac), similar to the traditional form of road construction and provide a stable, regular surface. They guarantee a consistency of playing characteristics over a pitch surface both initially and over time.

Dynamic or unbound bases are formed from compacted stone either as a separate layer or an extension to the sub-base. Dynamic bases are a hard wearing option and can offer a considerable cost saving. They can also provide improved comfort for players if a shockpad is not installed. 

Why would I need to consider installing a shockpad?

Shockpads are installed as a resilient layer between the base and the synthetic turf to provide the correct performance characteristics, safety requirements and comfort for the players.

There are several options depending on the type and thickness of shockpad required by the primary sport to be played. Prefabricated and in-situ shockpads are the two types of shockpad that should be considered for sports such as Hockey and Rugby.

Prefabricated and in-situ shockpads come in a variety of depths to meet differing sporting body requirements. Thicker shockpads are used for high impact sports such as rugby and thinner shockpads tend to be used for lower impact sports such as hockey. 

Prefabricated shockpads come in many varieties and forms from a wide range of manufacturers so it is important to use an approved product from a reputable supplier. In-situ shockpads are installed on site and consist of a polyurethane binder mixed with rubber crumb to create a long lasting uniform layer.