Project: Revamping rugby pitches
Client: West Park Leeds Rugby Union Football Club
Contractor: J Pugh-Lewis
The opening of a new clubhouse at West Park Leeds Rugby Union Football Club (RUFC) last month marked the near completion of £5m worth of facilities following the amalgamation of two sports clubs.
Leeds RUFC members club and West Park Bramhope RUFC joined forces three years ago and wanted to create three new pitches, as well as a new clubhouse, car park, an all-weather pitch and an extensive drainage system and irrigation for the first XV pitch.
Sportsfield contractor J Pugh-Lewis has been on site for the past two years, upgrading the club's existing pitches and constructing the three new ones.
Managing director James Pugh-Lewis said: "Understandably, the club didn't want to take all the existing pitches out of commission at the same time.
"During the summer, as well as putting in pipe drains on the training pitch, we installed pipe drains and sand slits on the second team pitch so that it would be ready for the new season and available for more matches," Pugh-Lewis explained. "This freed up the first-team pitch and allowed a complete reconstruction the following spring."
The contractor also sprayed off the grass, laser-graded and performed extensive soil amelioration before re-seeding. The club's development treasurer Mike Bidgood said: "The Sycamores, which is what we've named our new ground, now caters for the three amateur adult teams, as well as the minis and the juniors, which make up about 250 players."
"We have year-round Rugby, and I doubt if anyone in the north of England has better facilities."