Sports Grounds & Leisure Facilities - BALI National Landscape Awards 2017

PRINCIPAL AWARD WINNER - Blakedown Sport & Play

Sponsor: Kubota

Elite Player Performance Programme, Motspur Park

Client/Maintenance Contractor Fulham FC Architect Rathbone Miller
Suppliers Dove Construction, Edel Grass, ISF/SCS Steelwork, Musco Lighting, Zaun

This multi disciplined project was split into seven distinct and separate areas — site clearance and removal of the existing facilities, new 5,900sq m indoor floodlit training facility, LED floodlighting to the existing natural grass main pitch, new 70-person spectator stand to the arena pitch, provision of a new floodlit FIFA 2 star 3G pitch, creation of a new overflow car park and landscaping works including acoustic barrier fencing.

Blakedown was given responsibility by Fulham FC for the final design and implementation of the above to enable the client to achieve "Elite Player Performance Plan" (EPPP) status, whilst at the same time having a Category 1 Academy Status venue as defined by the Football League.

Judges' comments

"This was an extremely challenging project for the contractor, involving upgrading the main grass pitch and changing existing floodlights to LEDs; dismantling and then rebuilding an entire indoor floodlit training facility; construction of a FIFA-standard all-weather pitch; construction of a spectator stand and a car park, and associated landscaping. Achievement of the extremely exacting standards required whilst managing to keep the ground open for Fulham FC’s first team to train throughout the extensive works is testimony to the professionalism and outstanding project management demonstrated by the contractor."

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