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Case Study: Excel Leisure Centre


Walton on Thames, Elmbridge, Surrey


Elmbridge Borough Council

Design & Construct:

Smith Construction (Heckington) Ltd

Operations Director:

Smith Construction (Heckington) Ltd

Surface System:

Lano Profoot MXS50

Contract Value:£1.7 million
Works Began:September 2008
Handover of all site works:February 2009
Excel Leisure CentreProject:  Full size 3rd generation football pitch and pavilion

  • Ground Remediation and Stabilisation
  • 3G All-weather Football Turf Pitch with Low-glare Floodlighting
  • 3G Warm Up Area
  • Pavilion with 4-room Changing Facilities
  • Cycle Track
  • Car Park
Turnkey Design and Build contract to develop an existing landfill site to provide a high quality community football facility to meet FA 1* Star Performance Standard.

The facilities include a full-size 3G artificial turf football pitch, changing pavilion, cycle track, car park and training area.

The land was cleared, the ground decontaminated, then compacted using a high energy impact method.  Japanese knotweed was eradicated and the area was stabilised in layers prior to construction works.

The design for the 3G football turf pitch and warm-up area included a proven storm resistant, sustainable drainage scheme to meet environment agency requirements.  Ultra-low glare floodlighting and ball stop fencing.  The changing pavilion provides 4 changing rooms, office space, treatment room and meeting area.

The performance assured pitch is played on by community and professional football and rugby teams.  Smith’s  maintenance division  keep  the  pitch  in  the  best  condition  with  regular specialist care.

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