Major Agripower contract moving ahead of schedule

Agripower Contractors' £1.3 million Bradley Road Football Pitches contract will be completed ahead of schedule.

The project, part funded by the North East Lincolnshire Council, the Football Association and the Football Foundation, includes the construction of 4 natural and one synthetic pitch and a new pavilion.

Seeding was completed in late September; at least 5 weeks before it was due, though poor weather has since reduced the lead.

Agripower director Grant Holmes said: "Our intention was to hit the ground running and endeavour to complete the bulk of works before the onset of winter. While the weather has been mostly favourable, the real credit has to be given to all of our staff that has really pulled out all the stops."

The project is expected to be wrapped up by late spring. Work began in early September and included an irrigated, floodlit full-size natural Premier pitch, with seating, a full-size 3G synthetic pitch, 3 full-size training pitches to both Football Association and Football Foundation specifications, 3 full-size natural training pitches which have been drained and sand ameliorated, attenuation for pavilion, car parks and all pitch works, site secure fencing systems for the whole area, turnstiles and stands.

The topsoil was stripped off all working areas before subsoil grading and the replacement of top soil was completed.

A full drainage and irrigation system was installed along with concrete edgings, floodlight column bases, ducting and cables.

The full sized natural pitch was then seeded in early October with Barenbrug’s Bar 7, which has been specifically designed for rapid establishment and has an outstanding wear tolerance in or out of shaded areas.

The synthetic pitch is also due to be finished ahead of schedule and is currently awaiting an upgrade to FIFA 2-star accreditation.

Works included the topsoil being stripped, subsoil graded, drains installed, stone formation laid followed by all edgings, floodlight bases, path surrounds and fencing being installed.


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