Smith Construction have started work on one of their largest sports surface contracts to date; a £5.2million project which will transform Monks Brook Playing Fields into a new football Sporting Hub for the Eastleigh community.
This development is part of The FA’s Parklife project supported by Eastleigh Borough Council, the Premier League and Sport England. The Parklife Vision is for the creation of multi-pitch artificial grass football hubs across England’s major towns and cities, where the need for good quality pitches is greatest, creating a passion and interest in football that lasts a lifetime.
The Eastleigh Borough Council development, to design and construct 3G football turf pitches, natural grass pitches, spectator viewing areas and car parks, was tendered via the National Framework of The FA, The FF, RFU, Sport England and England Hockey.
Due to the undulating ground for this two-phase project, Smith Construction will carry out extensive groundworks to make way for three full size natural pitches and two seven-a-side natural pitches. Some areas of the Monks Brook Playing Fields require lime/cement ground stabilisation to create the optimal base for a full-sized stadia 3G pitch and two 3G community football pitches.
Smith Construction will also complete the foundations for a new sports pavilion at the site and install hard standings and surrounds to the pitches to create spectator viewing areas. Two large car parks will be built, generating plenty of parking spaces for players and visitors to the sporting hub.
The floodlit 3G football turf pitches will have a Limonta Duo Shape surface, a superior, world class artificial grass which meets FIFA Quality standards, meaning high quality football can be played at Eastleigh all year round. The floodlight systems have been designed to meet the FA and FIFA regulations and will ensure that football training and matches can be played even in the dark winter months.
Monks Brook sports hub will provide a fantastic opportunity for the community and for local football club, AFC Stoneham, formed a decade ago and currently 4th in Sydenhams Wessex League - Division 1, as it will be their new home ground.