Job Done - Pitch improvements at Southampton Football Club

The Saints are playing on an improved pitch after turf resurfacing at Southampton Football Club. Its pitch at St Mary's Stadium has been resurfaced using Lindum's Lokturf, which was also used to revamp Wigan's JJB stadium in the summer.

Project: Pitch resurfacing at Southampton Football Club's stadium
Client: Southampton Football Club
Contractors: Kestrel Contractors and Lindum

St Mary's head groundsman Andy Gray joined Southampton's training ground head groundsman Graeme Mills to inspect the turf at Lindum's farm in Yorkshire before ordering for the job.

A total of 7,800sq m of Lokturf was used in the resurfacing, which was carried out by Hook-based Kestrel Contractors.

Kestrel Contractors laid the turf, which was harvested in 1.1m rolls, having stripped the surface and incorporated 350 tonnes of sand into the existing rootzone. "The club was concerned that the profile wasn't deep enough," said Kestrel sales director Billy Martin. "Due to the rootzone profile being only 225mm there was not sufficient head to make the pitch drain freely."

The sand, coupled with the 40mm-thick Lokturf, added the extra depth needed to the soil profile and Kestrel, while laser grading, took the opportunity to put a slight camber on the pitch.

"Southampton didn't have a drainage problem 90 per cent of the time but if there was a deluge immediately before or during a game they would have standing water on the surface," Martin added.

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