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Interplay offers a 3G surface for football and hockey


Artificial grass manufacturer Lano Sports has supplied a multi-purpose 3G surface to the football and hockey training facility within the Olympic Park’s Athlete’s Village. Built by Spadeoak Construction, the inno- vative, two-tone Lano Interplay surface was specified because it satisfied the competitive needs of both the international governing body of football (FIFA) and the International


Hockey Federation (FIH). The surface also offers added durability for extended post- Games legacy use.


Manufactured by using a unique blend of two-tone, crimped, monofilament fibres, the yarn’s curly shape gives a multi-directional coverage of the sand/rubber-filled surface and offers excellent abrasion resistance and con- sistent ball roll properties.


Lano Interplay for football and hockey


ABG’s time-saving geosynthetics


Integrated within the Athletes Village in the Olympic Park are a series of high- performance training pitches that offer the latest generation synthetic surface facilities for hockey, tennis and Multi- Use Games Area (MUGA) applications. However, in order to deliver world-class playing surfaces its what’s underneath that matters as much as what’s on top. Martin Lambley, marketing manager at UK-based environmental protection company ABG, says: “Working with the project design engineers at the Athletes Village we specified and supplied a range of geosynthetic products including Pozid- rain drainage composite, Abgrid geogrids and Terrex geotextiles.


“Geogrids are a cost-effective method Taraflex Sport M Evolution Eco-Fit flooring has been installed at volleyball GTTVs Gerflor provides elite flooring solutions


Thanks to recommendations from the International Volleyball Federation and the International Handball Federation, Gerflor was chosen to supply more than 17,500sq m of flooring to the London 2012 Games venues. For this purpose, Gerflor developed a tailor-made flooring option: Taraflex Sport M Evolution Eco-Fit. This free-floating system re- duces the use of adhesive and volatile organic compounds emissions by 80 per cent and the material is easy to recycle after use.


As part of the agreements, Gerflor is sup- plying the same flooring system to volleyball GTTVs. This includes installation to three courts at Sobell, one at Rokesby School and two volleyball plus two sitting volleyball train- ing courts at Europa Gymnastics Centre. In addition, the handball courts at Mayesbrook Park Arena GTTV have also been upgraded to Traflex M Evolution Eco-Fit.


After the Games all the upgraded facilities will be used by local clubs and communities.


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of stabilising and strengthening areas of soft soils, prior to the installation and construction of the sports pitches. They help to ensure the playing surface re- mains level throughout the lifespan of the installation and allow for effective pitch drainage below the surface. According to Lambley, ABGs Pozidrain


Strip was used under the playing surfaces. “This is a three dimensional cuspated HDPE drainage core sandwiched be- tween two layers of a geotextile sheet; it offers a dual function, which acts as a drainage medium, a direct replacement to the pipes and gravel and a separator layer between the sub-grade and the materials used in the pitch build.”


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