Turnkey Sports Landscapes
If you’ve spent a few minutes looking around this website you’ll be starting to realise that Agrostis is more than just a sports ground advisory service. We’re acutely aware of the health, social and environmental benefits that well designed and constructed sports facilities can provide in addition to the sporting excellence that users of those facilities may aspire to.
Sports and amenity facilities, and public open spaces, are large and often much loved parts of our communities. Because of this they deserve the highest standards of design, construction and maintenance. Agrostis will deliver that.
Holistic Sports Landscape Design
We are used to working with buildings architects, landscape architects, highways engineers, ecological surveyors, archaeologists, etc, all of whom may be involved with a sports development project. Our methodology for dealing with the single component of pitch development is described here.
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What to Do with Spoil
An example of what this means in practice is to consider spoil materials generated by sports developments. Artificial surfaces almost invariably require the removal of all existing vegetation and topsoil. A drainage system for both a natural and artificial surface also generates a great deal of spoil.
Rather than carting this material off site, an additional cost, both financial and environmental, we encourage our clients to consider ways of using this material more creatively. The formation of shaped bunds or mounds around a new facility can improve the aesthetics of the whole site, provides a location for additional tree and shrub planting and acts as a sound barrier protecting local inhabitants from the shouts of players using the pitch. Apart from the practical advantages, this approach ticks many of the boxes which planners tend to appreciate when planning permission is being sought.
Water Attenuation, Soakaways, Re-cycling and Drainage
Another crucial consideration is water. Sports facility design of almost any kind demands a comprehensive understanding of the fate of rainwater arriving on the site. Here planning requirements and environmental benefits coincide very harmoniously. In addition to a statement pertaining to the likelihood of a site being subject to flooding, a well prepared Flood Risk Assessment should address the implications of a new sports facility in terms of its capacity to actually cause flooding. Whether planning is being sought or not, we consider these factors very carefully in all of our design work and aim for the most stringent expectations in terms of flood risk reduction.
Our experience of sports surface drainage is of tremendous value as this integrates with other factors to be considered such as water attenuation, SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems), soakaway design and capacity, storm flooding prevention etc.
One suggestion that arises frequently is the possibility of recycling water collected through sports surfaces. Quite a number of factors determine whether and how this can be done. Our familiarity with this area allows us to offer a definitive and practical solution in any particular circumstance.