Glasgow bowls centre prepares for new turf surface

Contractors are warming up to lay one of the world's smoothest and most sustainable sports turf surfaces for the best international bowls players.

Kelvingrove Bowls Centre will be used for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and work has begun to upgrade five bowling greens to world-class standards.

WA Fairhurst & Partners and Professional Sportsturf Design are handling the project's design elements and Fairways Sportsgrounds of Inchinnan is the contractor. Completion is in summer 2012.

The team will lay a new drainage system and reconstruct the greens and ditches, which will be watered with a new automated irrigation system. Footpaths in the 2,500-seat venue will also be renewed.

In line with the sustainability policies adopted for all games sites, the current topsoil from the greens will be recycled at two of Glasgow's municipal golf courses. The bowls centre will also be used as "a city and regional training centre for clubs and young players, stimulating increased participation", said a representative.

Scottish sports minister Shona Robison said: "Construction of this world-class facility will give our bowlers the opportunity to shine in front of the home crowds."

Commonwealth Games Scotland chair Michael Cavanagh added: "Our bowlers will get a real buzz from competing against such a historic backdrop."


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