This stadium pitch was part of a major project to develop a new home for the club. From the onset the pitch did not cope with heavy rainfall causing matches to be cancelled. The dispute arose between the club, the consultants and the main contractor. I was approached to undertake a detailed investigation and present a report. The failure hinged on the lack of creating suitable gradients, the heavy loam topsoil and inadequate drainage provisions. Though the matter was eventually settled the club was left with a stadium pitch that could not support regular play during the season and warranted intensive renovation work at the end of the season.
The lesson learnt centred around the need for initial feasibility into the project. Without this the project was commenced lacking in essential planning. There had been no detailed investigation – but the main shortfall was the provision of restricted specifications and inadequate supervision – especially at critical periods during the construction.