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Charles Lawrence Surfaces refurbishes track and field


Mayesbrook Park Arena and Newham Sports Complex are the focus locations for athletics track and field event competitors and both have been fully refurbished by Newark-based Charles Lawrence Surfaces.


At Mayesbrook Park Arena, the exist- ing athletics track and field events area were reconfigured and resurfaced using a porous polymeric system. The venue is particularly suited to jump and throw events with four full throwing cages, six shot putt areas and four javelin runways.


At Newham Sports Complex the track reconstruction entailed a new, laser-leveled, macadam layer, provided by Woodholme Construction, followed by a Mondo prefab- ricated track system – similar to the system employed at the Olympic Stadium.


Refurbishing tracks at Mayesbrook Park Arena and Newham Sports Complex


Hockey pitches are in the pink


Currently in its 91st year, Old Loughtonians Hockey Club in Chigwell is the UK’s home of hockey with its men’s and women’s teams both playing in the England National League. Selected as the GTTV for hockey, the club’s successful redevelopment is testament to the benefits experienced when SAPCA members collaborate on a project.


Initial construction consultancy, procure- ment sourcing and project management were


The blue and pink hockey pitches at Old Loughtonians Hockey Club replicate those at the Olympic hockey venue


supplied by the Willmott Boddington Partner- ship, which oversaw the installation of two artificial turf pitches, floodlighting and an irri- gation system on behalf of the club. Spadeoak, a leading contractor for macadam surfacing and sports construction, was given a brief to produce two hockey pitches that mir- rored the playing characteristics of the pitches built within the temporary Riverbank Arena hockey venue in the Olympic Park.


These two hockey pitches were also con- structed by Spadeoak.


“Working with the turf producer and in-


staller, on behalf of the club, we were asked to build two new, eye-catching, water-based hock- ey pitches in spectacular blue and pink,” says Spadeoak contract estimator Ben O’Connor. “The club previously had one water-based and one sand-filled pitch, both of which were in need of significant renewal. Following the removal of the previous pitch surfaces it was found that the existing base systems were not suitable for resurfacing and that significant sta- bilising works were necessary,” he says. The existing slabbed surrounds to the pitches were subsequently upgraded to new macadam by Spadeoak and new timber kickboards, replacement fencing and a noise reducing panel system, supplied by SAPCA member B&L Fencing, were incorporated to divide the two areas. Floodlighting was also upgraded to bring the level to the required 750 lux, which involved new HV cable upgrades as well as a sufficient supply of power to operate the new irrigation systems for both pitches.


In total, Spadeoak has undertaken construc- tion projects at 15 Games-time and Olympic/ Paralympic venues.


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