Inscapes wins new projects

Landscape contractor Inscapes is celebrating a growth in confidence in the market.

The firm started work on a contract worth more than £500,000 last week, building a new pitch for Plymouth Argyle FC at the club's Home Park ground.

The fibrelastic surface is turf but with a "new feel" that helps players to avoid stress injuries to the ankles, knees and lower back, explained Inscapes chief executive Gareth Rees.

"We're celebrating a record number of new projects," he said. "There's a lot more confidence in the market and we hope to add another £1m to our turnover for sports projects this year. This will push it up to around £4m."

Other project wins included fitting an all-weather pitch at Cowbridge School in Wales. It is the first of its kind in the area to be approved for football, hockey and rugby.

"At University of Wales Cyncoed campus we're undertaking major work to renovate the main rugby pitch and further work to four other pitches," added Rees.

Meanwhile, his Bridgend-based company is working to renovate a training ground at Bristol City FC's training academy. Inscapes is also undertaking summer renovation for Bradford City FC that involves installing improved drainage, sand-slitting, korrowing, scarifying and overseeding.

"Despite the challenges thrown up by the winter weather, we seem to be on course for a record year," said Rees, who aims to employ around five extra staff.

He added: "These sports projects come on top of high-profile landscaping and restoration work at Hampton Court Palace and Cardiff Castle. It's a milestone in the company's strategic development."

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