Upkeep study lands Replay work

Contract covering synthetic sports surfaces in Glasgow believed to be largest of its kind in the UK.

Replay Maintenance has won what is being called the UK's largest contract of its kind for looking after 66 synthetic sports surfaces.

Glasgowlife, which operates all Glasgow City Council's leisure areas, said it chose to boost its upkeep regime after a study exploded the myth that synthetic pitches are maintenance free.

"Historically we only maintained synthetic sports surfaces on an ad hoc basis," said Glasgowlife. "But the study showed that regular, planned maintenance would make the facilities available for longer and increase their income generation."

Replay Maintenance operations director Garry Martin said the contract covered regular maintenance of 66 synthetic turf pitches and three athletics tracks for three years. Upkeep will be subject to monitoring.

Glasgowlife will take readings at every facility at the start of the maintenance contract and thereafter annually in a bid to demonstrate the improvement in the sports surfaces. The Replay team will use a unique machine, only available in the UK through the contractor.

The Fieldman machine measures the effect that a maintenance regime has on a given surface. It provides an instant force reduction ratio, deformation reading and energy restitution reading to test an overall firmness ratio.

Inside view

Replay was the perfect fit for Glasgowlife. They were both affordable and efficient and have in the short time they have been providing the synthetic surface maintenance contract demonstrated excellent customer service and a determination to ensure that this strategic partnership is a success. I have been impressed with their project planning and flexible working approach." - Alan Milner, group operations manager, Glasgowlife

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