Site Assessment and Feasibility Studies

Site Assessment Feasibility Studies

Assessing the viability of a project

Site assessments

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.

Feasibility studies

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.

5. Drainage

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.

Case studies


“Planning conditions for the development of a new upper college building at Futures Community College required an appraisal of the condition of the existing playing fields. Gordon was engaged to undertake a detailed site assessment and then to implement the recommendations of his report; preparing the specifications for the works and supervising the works on site. Gordon has displayed tremendous enthusiasm, comprehensive knowledge and expertise. This, together with his fastidious attention to detail and his continuing support have produced resulting pitches that promise to be a superb asset for the College.”

“Gordon has assisted our practice now on a number of projects in which the construction of new playing fields, or the improvement of existing playing fields, has been required. His work has always been to the highest standard and, despite the vagaries of the weather and the planning system, Gordon has always delivered a quality product on time and to budget.”

“Gordon has always given us expert advice and guidance ensuring that our grass pitches are of the best quality. He led our project to build two new grass pitches and an irrigation system with enthusiasm and the utmost care and attention. The quality of the pitches, drainage and irrigation system has proved to be of an exceptionally high quality.”