Job Done: Creating football pitches in Hampshire

Project: Building football pitches in Basingstoke
Client: Croudace Homes
Contractor: Speedcut Contractors

Basingstoke sports fanatics are benefiting from improved facilities in the area, following the creation of two new full-size football pitches.

A team of four staff from Oxford-based Speedcut Contractors spent four weeks building the pitches as part of a new development from Croudace Homes.

During the first week of work a full drainage scheme, incorporating 2,700m of piping, was installed on the site before the drains were topped off with sports sand. A total of 850 tonnes of sand was blended with the topsoil during the levelling operation and, following stonepicking, a Barenbrug Bar Seven mix of dwarf perennial ryegrass was sown.

Speedcut took advantage of the chance to try out two new pieces of kit during the Hampshire football pitch project, a Topcon laser and a Caterpillar D6 bulldozer. Speedcut director Dick Franklin, founder of the 30-year-old company, said: "With the new dual-grade laser we have virtually zero tolerance on levels.This job was perfect to test our new equipment."

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