Gateway Community College

Grassed pitches and all-weather surfaces

Gateway Community College, Tilbury, EssexThe new college development was located in the flood plain close to Tilbury in Essex.

After a detailed feasibility study had been carried out it was found the design should incorporate the cambering of pitches with swales on either side of the pitches delivering surface and drainage water to an attenuation pond and  a reticulation of deep ditches.  The main outfall ditch would terminate in an approach leading to the Tilbury estuary.  A pump station  would be needed in the main outfall ditch to maintain acceptable levels in the ditch.

Nine grassed pitches and two all-weather surfaced pitches were designed.  A 10-wicket cricket square was constructed on one of the plateaus between two football pitches.  The installation involved the creation of a perimeter drainage system and the square was constructed with the importation of selected clay loam to 100mm compacted depth.

The controlled water levels in the ditches enabled the cambered pitches, installed with swales and secondary drainage, to discharge surface and drainage water quickly – and all pitches have supported play during the wet winter months.

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