project portfolio 2017
St Edwards College
La Manga Club
Glasgow City Council
All Abilities Park
Bede’s Preparatory School
Jump Parkour Leicester
Bucklers Mead Academy
Warden Park Academy
Professional - Enthusiastic - Innovative - Honest - Supportive
2016/17 has been a very exciting year for Notts Sport with some phenomenal projects
completed in some fantastic locations across the world.
This year we were pleased to become proud Official Facilities Partners to Hockey Wales
and Scottish Hockey, as well as renewing our long standing and prestigious partnership
with England Hockey, in the gold medal winning Olympic year.
We are also excited to announce two new player partnerships to stand alongside our
established Team GB Hockey Ambassador, Sam Ward: Wales’ up and coming defender
Ioan Wall; and Scottish Hockey’s Amy Costello, who has been selected for the Women’s
GB squad, currently building towards the defence of their gold medal at Tokyo 2020.
These partnerships augment our status as the leading brand in Hockey pitches; and with four
ECB approved Cricket systems, we have been established as the go-to non-turf specialists
for over 33 years. As you will see in the following pages, we also provide a range of unique
playground systems hugely popular around the world.
Turn to page 58 to read about our latest development in pitch system technology,ShockWave,
and how it is already revolutionising artificial football and rugby pitch construction due to its
unrivalled safety, key sporting performance characteristics and sustainable design features.
This year we also launched our brand new in-house cutting machine, IntriCut (page 42)
which will be a key development in the world of playground surfacing. The bespoke
service takes our trusted ChildsPlay systems to a whole new level, producing colourful
custom shapes, patterns and logos.
This portfolio illustrates a selection of the first-class clients we have recently worked with,
such as La Manga Club (page 22), All Abilities Park (page 30), Kent College Pembury (page
6) and Oundle School (page 14).
We would be delighted to discuss any future projects you may have in mind and we hope
you enjoy this collection of our work.
Following a successful project at Kent College Canterbury in 2013, Notts Sport were re-
commissioned to develop a new build hockey pitch at the Pembury campus.
On completion in 2016, Notts Sport welcomed Team GB Olympic Gold Medallist Crista
Cullen MBE to open the new facility at Kent College Pembury.
The FIH compliant ‘National’ Sand Dressed hockey pitch is the latest addition to an
impressive portfolio of state of the art sporting facilities at the renowned girls’ school.
The pitch positions the independent school as the destination for girls who want to excel
in Hockey, and their year 11 pupil, Georgia Whitaker, has been recently selected for the
England Hockey U16 Training Squad.
Sam Clark, Kent College’s Director of Sport says: “The new pitch and the recent appointment
of Mr Ben Allberry as Head of Hockey is a very clear indication that signals our intent
to become a leading hockey school. We now have the facility to allow all our girls to
experience hockey as it should be played.”
Julie Lodrick, Headmistress says: “At Kent College, we provide our girls with personalised
training and development to help them become the best sportswomen they can be.”
It’s great to have a fantastic
facility here in the Kent County
that the kids are able to play on
day in, day out: That’s what breeds
better hockey players.
Crista Cullen MBE
Great Britain Hockey Gold Medallist
Site Address: Old Church Road
Facility Size: 101.4m x 63m
Pitch System: 18mm Sand dressed synthetic grass
15mm In-situ rubber shockpad
300mm Engineered macadam base
Completed: October 2016
Other Features: FIH ‘National’ compliant hockey pitch incorporating
2no. end goal recesses (8m x 3m) and 4no. side goal
recesses each 8m x 3m
Build Cost: £542,257
ST EDWARDS COLLEGE
St Edwards College in Liverpool is a prime example of a resurface project that took just 7
weeks to complete - including securing Fast Track Funding to pay for the entire scheme.
The original facility was suffering from drainage issues and was also uneven due to tree
root damage. The carpet, having been neglected over the years, had developed large
holes and was a target for vandalism, reducing performance and the ability to develop
lettings from external sport clubs and groups.
Notts Sport carried out a free condition survey of the school’s old pitch in March 2016.
Following formal approval by college governors and auditors in July, the whole project
took just seven weeks to complete.
Resurfacing the pitch with a new FIH ‘National’ compliant sand dressed synthetic grass, the
bespoke design also included the addition of new upgraded fencing and floodlights as
well as six Olympic standard hockey goals meaning that the pitch can be divided for small
or full size games.
Following the installation, West Derby Hockey Club agreed to relocate back to the college
to train every week, providing important new income streams to support the funding
package. West Derby captain, Leigh Carroll-Jones is thrilled that the club has been able to
return to its roots: “It feels great to be back – It feels like home. I joined the club as a 14 year
old from St Edward’s College, and so to be back it feels like we’ve come full circle, and the
whole committee couldn’t be happier.”
Through Fast Track Funding, Notts Sport were able to work closely with the college to
expedite a design for a bespoke sports facility that was specific to their needs; and the
funds raised from pitch rentals will continue to pay for the facility over its lifetime.
England Hockey’s Julie Longden supported the project throughout: “A good facility
is essential: St Edward’s College is a prime example of this, where West Derby Hockey
Club, Notts Sport, England Hockey and Liverpool City Council have all come together to
ensure that we have a high spec hockey pitch for the benefit of the school and the wider
Fast Track Funding enabled us
to be able to fund this and pay it
back over a number of years, so it
was a great benefit for us - within
a couple of weeks it was all set up
and we were ready to go.
Karen Vitalis, Chief Financial Officer
Site Address: Sandfield Walk
Facility Size: 97.4m x 61m
Pitch System: DOMO Hockey Xtreme MDC
15mm In-situ rubber shockpad
Existing engineered base
Completed: September 2016
Other Features: New rigid panel twin bar type fence
Blue surround synthetic grass run offs
Olympic standard integral weight hockey goals
Build Cost: £271,000
Since 2011, Notts Sport have worked with Oundle School on the delivery of various
world class synthetic turf sport facilities undertaken as part of their wider External Sports
Following the success of 2016’s ECB compliant twenty lane cricket practice facility, and
the resurface of the 1st XI hockey match pitch in 2014, the independent boarding school
continued their partnership with Notts Sport to develop a further two new build full size FIH
compliant hockey pitches.
The new developments also included extensive associated works such as pathways,
storage, goalkeeper cages and spectator features.
The FIH ‘National’ standard pitch was designed to meet the school’s requirements for world
class facilities and associated performance, and the girls’ hockey team regularly compete
in the finals of the National Cup competition, placing them in the top ten in the country.
The scheme at Oundle demonstrates the long term relationships that Notts Sport build
and maintain with customers throughout the Independent School sector, resulting in a true
partnership approach to project delivery.
We aim to deliver options that
involve every boy and girl and
that stretch each athlete.
Oundle pupils are very active and
ambitious in their sport.
Daniel Grewcock, Director of Sport
Site Address: Pavilion Drive
Facility Size: 141.0m x 101.4m
Pitch System: 20mm Tufted manufactured sand dressed synthetic grass
15mm In-situ rubber shockpad
Engineered macadam base
Other Features: 1m cut and fill across the near 15,000m facility footprint
7m wide spectator area with spectator seating areas
A bespoke goalkeeper warm up/practice cage
Notts Sport worked with Ratcliffe College, an independent boarding school in Leicestershire,
to develop their excellent new international standard hockey pitch.
Traditional team sports are seen as a vital part of Ratcliffe life and the development of their
pupils, with competitive fixtures hosted at the facility every week.
The vision set out by the College was challenging with the resulting design particularly
extensive, featuring a new sand-dressed artificial turf hockey pitch, a polymeric athletics
track and a double court macadam surfaced netball court facility.
Complementing the hockey pitch, a bespoke designed warm up area, floodlighting,
perimeter fencing and footpaths have also been installed to complete the new build state
of the art range of facilities.
David Robson, Director of Finance, was quick to recommend Notts Sport to other schools:
“We’ve had a great experience working with them, and if we get another project
ourselves we will certainly put them at the top of the list. I have no hesitation whatsoever
recommending other schools to use them.”
Notts Sport are well known in the
independent school sector, and
so with a project on board they
were one of the names that came
straight into my head.
Everything went well throughout.
we’re very pleased.
David Robson, Director of Finance
Site Address: Fosse Way
Ratcliffe on the Wreake
Facility Size: 101.4m x 63.0m
Pitch System: 18mm Sand dressed synthetic grass
15mm In-situ rubber shockpad
300mm Total depth engineered macadam base
Completed: May 2016
Other Features: 4 x Lane 400m polymeric running track
Complex ‘reduced dig’ BRE compliant pathway access
Arrangements through existing woodland
2no. Macadam surfaced netball courts
Points of interest: Notts Sport undertook all project development
responsibilities including planning permission which
involved the re-direction of a Public Right of Way
(PROW). This is often a complex and protracted process
taking up to 12 months but Notts Sport completed all
planning processes and achieved consent to build
within 4 months.
Build Cost: £833,000
LA MANGA Club
Cricket Ireland has joined forces with Cricket Scotland and La Manga Club in a ten-year deal
to create a European Cricket Performance Centre in La Manga: the first of its kind in Europe.
Notts Sport were welcomed on board to facilitate the state of the art Performance Centre in
Spain, designing six new first-class grass pitches, and two artificial wickets on two existing
grounds; plus 18 grass and five artificial net lanes with 25 yard run ups. In addition, specialist
grass fielding, catching and wicket-keeping areas are also being created.
Scott Hawkins, Head Groundsman at La Manga Club, worked with Notts Sport throughout,
and has also been able to play on the new ‘D’ System surface, as a club player: “It plays
very similarly to natural turf. It’s a good resemblance of what you would play on a natural
turf pitch environment: you do get pace and bounce and a lot more consistency. It’s easy
to go from the natural turf to the artificial.”
“The practice facility is a good training aid because you do get confidence from knowing
it’s going to be consistent, and also the knowledge that it’s going to resemble what you go
and play on in a match environment. Everyone that’s been here to train on this – whether it’s
been club or international cricketers have benefitted from playing on this surface, and have
been enjoying how good the quality is. They’re making individual improvements as well as
team benefits at the same time.”
Since completion in early 2017, David Moore, La Manga Cricket Club President has seen
much activity within the new facility: “Club players and our juniors had first use of the nets in
March 2017, all of whom were very impressed. The batsmen were happy with the bounce
and being able to attack the ball.”
“We have had a very full programme of cricket in April, with our Classic T20, Last Man
Standing European Open, UK Schools Tournament and Madrid Cricket Club T20. The
artificial pitches played extremely well with all competing teams complimenting the new
facilities. We as the home club are extremely impressed with the new facilities, and can now
watch professional and international players training on a regular basis.”
Under the terms of the partnership, Cricket Ireland and Cricket Scotland will have exclusive
booking options for using the centre as a warm weather training and playing base for its
men’s and women’s national and provincial senior and youth teams.
This new European Performance
Centre at La Manga offers the
best cricket facility in mainland
Europe. we look forward to seeing
many first class Counties and
International teams visiting us
for pre-season training.
Dave Moore, La Manga CC President
Site Address: B30389 Atamaría
Facility Size: 45.5m x 18.9m (Practice)
35m x 10.75m (Wicket Keeper)
30m x 2.74m (Match)
Pitch System: NG12 D Pitch
Completed: October 2016
Other Features: Two match play wickets with fully bespoke line markings
Five lane practice area
Wicket keeper and training area
Full NottsGrass NG12 surface coverage
Bespoke coaching aid markings
Extended run ins
glasgow city council
Notts Sport’s unique ChildsPlay system, utilising ShockWave technology to provide
unparalleled safety performance, has been the preferred safer surfacing solution for
Glasgow City Council since the early 1990s.
In that time, working with Glasgow’s renowned Landscape Architects and in-house
teams since the early 90s, Notts Sport have completed hundreds of play areas, always
using bespoke designs and solutions. These projects range from new build schemes and
MUGAs, to resurfacing.
In 2016, the Lincoln Avenue community-funded playground was an inspirational project
that demonstrates how imagination can shape the future of play. This creative space in the
built-up residential location of inner-city Glasgow is a project that started life as a colourful
painting by a young competition winner at a local primary school.
With the launch of IntriCut, Notts Sport’s innovative in-house cutting service, creatively cut
play spaces like this are being installed up and down the country. IntriCut’s specialist CAD
technology enables the Notts Sport ChildsPlay team to work with clients to realise their
creative visions, creating dynamic patterns, elaborate shapes and illustrations that prevent
the need for other equipment or expensive structures.
Notts Sport’s Managing Director, Duncan Bennett, is excited to extend this service to
schools: ”We are excited to be in a position where we can give children the chance to
put their own unique ideas into their playground. We believe this stimulates creativity and
innovation on all sides of the project and ensures that there is the maximum amount of play
value incorporated into all aspects of a project - including the surfacing design.”
Through ongoing investment in innovative technology, Notts Sport continues to add value
to long established relationships such as the 26 year partnership with Glasgow City Councils.
we are excited to be in a position
where we can give children the
chance to put their own unique
ideas into their playground.
We believe this stimulates
creativity and innovation.
Duncan Bennett, Managing Director
Site Address: Lincoln Avenue
Facility Size: Glasgow
29 NottsSward 1150 sand filled carpet
THUNDER JUNCTION: ALL ABILITIES PARK
Thunder Junction All Abilities Park in St. George is a dream come true for children of all
abilities. It’s an inclusive 2.5 acre park where children can play side-by-side regardless of
their physical abilities.
Notts Sport were proud to help the City of St. George build this fantastic new $5m park with
funding raised from local residents.
Often, children with disabilities cannot play in a standard play area and don’t benefit from
the social, physical, and emotional benefits that play provides.
This remarkable dinosaur themed park offers wheelchair accessible, sensory-rich
equipment, double wide slides, ramps and soft floors that delight children both with and
Local parents visiting with their family were very pleased with their experience: “We were
so impressed with Thunder Junction, and all the unique and fun features: everything from the
rides to the large family gathering areas. There are the typical slides and swings, dinosaurs
to climb on, but also fun and different things like a kid’s zip line. Most of the surfaces at the
park are cushioned, which is nice especially at the bottom of slides or areas where kids
may fall down.”
Notts Sport patented ChildsPlay systems (branded SurfacePlay in the United States) offer
unique opportunities for bespoke designs and surface interaction, maximising the value of
any playground scheme.
The All Abilities Park is life
changing for our family.
Everything about the park is
accommodating so that everyone
can play together.
Stephanie, Park Visitor
Site Address: 1851 S Dixie Dr
Facility Size: 1408m2
System: VHAF NottsSward 1150 Grass Green
ChildsPlay Impact Absorbing System
Completed: October 2016
Other Features: Park consists of water play, train rides and access for all
play equipment with VHAF NottsSward and ChildsPlay
Bede’s Preparatory School
Notts Sport were commissioned to design a multi use games area at the independent prep
school, to replace the existing grassed area that couldn’t be used due to drainage issues.
Utilising the bespoke Notts Sport design consultancy and project management services,
Bede’s chose to install a fully synthetic grassed area to support a wide range of activities
The original muddy, undervalued and underused area at the school has been transformed
into a vital additional outdoor facility. Pupils can now play outdoors all year round in a
space that can be divided for different sports when needed.
This remarkable area overlooking the sea is unusual in its non-traditional design, which
promotes creative and imaginative play, with flexibility for use as a sports multi use games
Notts Sport are uniquely placed to understand and develop concepts for non-traditional
areas such as the Bede’s facility, maximising the entire outdoor estate at schools in the
Notts sport have provided a much
loved multi use games area for
our Prep School pupils.
they have been excellent to work
with and have managed to provide
solutions to our challenges.
Barry Ling, Director of Estates
Site Address: Dukes Drive
Facility Size: BN20 7XL
Sport: 36m x 66m
Pitch System: Multi sports
Lano Hockey Integration surface
Completed: Trocellen 8mm underlay
Build Cost: Type 3 stone with dust capping layer
jump parkour leicester
At Notts Sport we pride ourselves on being innovative, and so making our playground
systems work for Parkour or Freerunning was a unique challenge that we were delighted to
put into practice at the Jump Parkour area at Bede Park in Leicester City Centre.
Working closely with our key strategic partners at Leicester City Council for over 5 years, we
were able to develop a bespoke design for the area using our unique ChildsPlay surfacing
system as the ideal solution to provide the maximum possible safety to the Parkour users.
Incorporating the same technology as our world leading ShockWave system for rugby
pitches, the ChildsPlay technology used for Parkour offers the ultimate combination of
performance and long term shock absorbency. Importantly it also avoids deformation and
softness which is an issue for many other impact absorbing systems for sport and play.
The ChildsPlay Recreation surface used in the gym area also provides a clean draining
system that means it is able to be used even during inclement weather.
Newly categorized as an official sport, and with more investment being put into approved
recreation areas like this, Parkour is set to grow throughout the UK, and we are proud to
have developed the best Parkour safer surfacing system in the world for this unique and
The new outdoor gym/free
running installation has created
a real buzz on DMU Campus. With
the facility being so close, it will
provide further opportunities
for DMU students to maintain an
active healthy lifestyle.
With no cost associated, it
will be very popular with
the student body.
Jake Betts, Sport Project Officer
De Montfort University
Site Address: Western Boulevard
Facility Size: 450m2
System: NottsSward 1150 sand filled surfacing
ChildsPlay safer surfacing system
Completed: September 2016
Points of interest: The surface has been installed in 3 different colours to
define the areas for the gym equipment, Calisthenics
Build Cost: £30,000
IntriCut is a brand new service brought to life by Notts Sport, using
innovative surface cutting technology.
With our spectrum of vibrant colours, and with endless scope for creating
complex patterns, shapes and designs, IntriCut provides the perfect
solution for a number of outcomes, including: imaginative playground
surfacing, reception areas, sports turf logos, unique exhibition spaces and
State of the art CAD technology means that both elaborate and simple
designs can be accommodated, expertly cut from synthetic surfacing and
pieced together to create bespoke flooring designs. The finished products
can then be delivered ready for immediate use or installation.
Notts Sport’s managing director Duncan Bennett can see IntriCut making a
big impact on the world of synthetic sports turf: “One of the most exciting
growth areas we are seeing is for bespoke designs and logos to be
incorporated into the play and sport facilities we deliver throughout the
UK and abroad.”
“IntriCut is already proving that it can provide a world class solution to
meet this demand whilst at the same time allowing us to diversify into new
markets with new, innovative and high quality products.”
“Indeed, innovation is an integral part of Notts Sport’s company values and
IntriCut illustrates yet again how we listen to our customers and constantly
invest in Research and Development. This state of the art technology is
specifically designed to deliver the requirements of new and existing
IntriCut will provide endless
possibilities for clients to brand
their sports facilities as well
as allowing play providers the
opportunity to create fun-filled
surfacing for their projects.
Shaun Patrick, Notts Sport Chairman
Roundhay School is an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ school located in Roundhay, Leeds.
Notts Sport were approached to project manage the installation of a new full size sand
dressed hockey facility, overseeing planning, design, building and maintenance.
The project was developed from 2014 through to 2016 in partnership with Leeds Council,
and it has allowed the school to introduce hockey into the curriculum for the first time.
In the first four months since completion of the new pitch, the school has seen over 50 girls
playing hockey, a tremendous start illustrating how a synthetic turf facility has the ability to
improve participation and engage a wide range of pupils.
Rachelle Le-Bourdin, PE teacher at the school was able to tailor the pitch to the school’s
“Working with Notts Sport was brilliant right from the beginning: they came up straight
away, met with us and asked about our vision and what we needed from the pitch, so it
was always about what we wanted and needed, and not ever about what they were trying
“From the brilliant initial meeting the relationship grew, and they’ve actually helped with the
wider planning of an expansion at the school. They’ve been absolutely brilliant from start
to finish: coming and checking that everything’s been installed properly, and helping with
our opening ceremony.”
The sand dressed hockey pitch is the first of its kind in the area, meaning that it will benefit
the wider community:
“We’ve gone from having about 15 at hockey practice to having over 50 at every session -
and that’s only the girls. We are hoping to get junior clubs in the community involved which
means our pupils can have a bit of a school/club link going on, and sports such as hockey,
football, handball can grow within the community for juniors and adults alike.”
The facility has made a massive
difference to our pupils who
wouldn’t necessarily have had
access to a pitch like this before.
The increased participation
levels in extracurricular games
has been huge.
Rachelle Le-Bourdon, PE Teacher
Site Address: Old Park Rd
Facility Size: 101.4m x 63m FIH compliant “National” pitch
Sport: Hockey and Multi Sport activities
Pitch System: 18mm Sand dressed synthetic grass surface
NottsPad XC 10mm foam shock pad
300mm LaserBase graduated granular stone base
Completed: November 2016
Other Features: Rigid panel perimeter fencing
FIH compliant sports lighting
Sports and maintenance equipment
Build Cost: £500,000