Assessing the viability of a project
There is always a need to fully assess the conditions on a pitch before offering advice. These incorporate a detailed study of soil and vegetation characteristics, environmental conditions and limitations – and performance measurements where applicable. In specialised studies of sports pitches, observations and measurements are tabulated so as to highlight strengths and weaknesses. This approach serves to initiate priority action as well as provide a summarised account that will enable future progress to be judged.
In order to achieve the most cost-effective development of proposed outdoor sports facility it is vital to assess the existing topography, the vegetation present, the soil profile and other appropriate environmental conditions. With this information a concept design can be produced together with realistic estimates of construction and maintenance costs and the knowledge of the limitations that will exist.
This feasibility study would incorporate:
1. The intended utilisation
The study would be undertaken in the light of the expected usage of the pitches by the sports club and the desired level of drainage.
2. The proposed layout
The layout is to include the facilities desired by the sports club that can be safely accommodated on the site.
3. Topographical survey
The site would be surveyed to establish the exact area and the existing gradient with contour intervals varying from 25mm to 200mm. The objective would be to gauge the extent of re-grading if necessary and the estimated earthworks quantities involved.
4. Soil study
A soil survey would be completed to study the profile of existing ground – particularly the uniformity in topsoil depth and quality and to assess the physical limitations in excavation and drainage. Test pits would be excavated within the property in order to ascertain any variability in the soil profile that would influence drainage and earthworks. Any known previous history of the site should be made available for the study.
In the assessment of drainage, the influence of surrounding areas would be studied in addition to the limitations of the playing areas. The drainage strategy would be subject to consent from the Environment Agency if applicable.
6. Concept construction plan
A concept sketch plan of a preferred layout and proposed summary of works would be prepared. Limitations would be highlighted and if possible, options would be offered.
7. Estimated costs
The magnitude of the works and associated costs of construction or renovation would be estimated and presented for discussion. Estimates of professional costs would be also presented to prepare working documents, compile a list of specialist contractors, assess tenders, recommend a preferred contractor and oversee the contract through to establishment.
8. Maintenance programme
The establishment and maintenance programme would be compiled and the current expected costs would be estimated.
9. Presentation of the study
Presentation of the study could be made to the club, if required, outlining practical implications, methods, construction procedures, options and limitations.
- Westminster School, London
- Alderbury Football Club, Salisbury, Wiltshire
- Everest Academy, Basingstoke
- London Irish Rugby Football Club, Sudbury, Middlesex
- Craymill Leisure Limited, Bexley Kent
- Gads Hill School, Higham Kent
- Derby County Football Club, Derby
- Harlow Rugby Football Club, Harlow