Job done - Creation of grass-turf football pitch

Project: Laying a new football stadium pitch

Client: Hamilton Academical Football Club

Contractor: Souters Sports

A promotion into the Scottish Premier League meant football club Hamilton Academical needed a new grass turf pitch.

The club had previously been using an artificial grass surface, which needed to be replaced with 8,740sq m of turf.

Hamilton Academical appointed sports ground construction firm Souters Sports to work on the project. Souters Sports contracts manager John Rushforth said the discussions had to begin early to allow time for the new pitch to be in place if the club was promoted.

"We were having discussions with the club way back in January and February last year," he said. "If promoted, the Accies were going to need a new stadium pitch and it was no use waiting until the last game had been played - we needed to plan ahead."

Souters used PSD Scotland as design consultant for the new pitch, which used a base sand layer with an upper layer of sports rootzone.

Under-pitch heating and a new pop-up irrigation system completed the construction.

Hamilton Academical head groundsman Colin Fraser (pictured on the new pitch, above) visited Lindum Turf's base near York and ordered the firm's washed turf for the new pitch. "I knew how it performed and... I didn't want to risk any contamination," he said. "We're a high-profile club ... and we need to look good. I'm very satisfied."

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