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Published by Notts Sport, 2016-05-17 09:19:58

Notts Sport Portfolio 2016

Notts Sport Portfolio 2016


Oundle School
The Dixie Grammar School
Holcombe Hockey Club
Lord’s Cricket Ground
Central Park
Loretto School
Leicestershire County Cricket Club
Christ’s College
Keele University
Woodkirk Academy
ShockWave & ShockWave EcoBase
Stanwell School
Plumcroft Primary School

Professional - Enthusiastic - Innovative - Honest - Supportive


With over 32 years’ experience, Notts Sport is proud to be the leading specialist in synthetic
surfacing systems for sport, play and leisure.
During this time we have built up an impressive client portfolio, working with independent
schools, sports clubs and local authorities throughout the United Kingdom and Worldwide.
At Notts Sport we pride ourselves on offering clients an objective solution, leaving them in full
control of their sport or play project, while guiding them through the design and installation until
Our forward thinking approach, unrivalled service commitment and innovative products have
seen us become the only Official Facilities Partners to England Hockey. We also have four Non-
Turf Pitch systems approved by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and hold the ECB’s
Code of Practice accreditation for design and installation.
This portfolio showcases some of the prestigious clients we have recently worked with, providing
each with a world class facility, from Elite Sports Clubs, Independent Schools, Academies and
leading brands such as Central Park.
Already we are working with leading Independent Schools, Sports Clubs and brands for their
2016 / 2017 projects, and so we will publish updated portfolios every 12 months to illustrate the
ongoing success and high quality facilities we continue to deliver around the world.
We would be delighted to discuss any future projects you may have in mind and we hope you
enjoy this collection of our work.
Kind regards

Shaun Patrick



Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 4GH

The vision at Oundle School was to deliver an elite level 1st XI Hockey pitch on the footprint of
an existing hockey pitch, with the construction of 2no. new international standard hockey pitches
capable of supporting tennis activities in the summer term.
In addition, the school’s cricket facilities were in need of improvement so a new state of the art
20 lane cricket practice facility (10no. lane non-turf and 10no. lane natural turf) was developed to
meet the schools requirements for elite performance and capacity.

Cricket facility specification: Hockey facility specification:

10 Lane cricket practice facility 101.40m x 63.00m (2 pitches)

• 3no. Envelope System New surface
Slow to medium pace • Domo MDC Ultra sand dressed synthetic
NottsGrass NG12 & 10-6mm stone raft
• 4no. Envelope System • 15mm Insitu rubber shockpad
Medium pace Reconstructed base
NottsGrass NG12 & 6mm dust stone raft • 40mm single course macadam upper base
• 300mm total depth stone sub-grade
• 3no. NottsBase D System • 2 layers of GeoGrid (40/40)
Medium to fast pace • PoziDrain Geosynthetic drainage layer
NottsGrass NG12 & hard porous envelope • Reconstructed & reconsolidated formation


“We have slower spin nets at one end, the middle lanes are medium pace and at the
other end they’re quick, so we can manoeuvre kids about. It’s great. We have a big link
with the Northamptonshire Premier League club and their cricketers use them and look
forward to it massively every time they come along, so it’s wonderful for everyone.”

“Notts Sport has put in one of the best facilities in the world – it’s excellent.”

John Crawley, Director of Cricket





Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, CV13 0LE

Dixie Grammar School wanted to deliver an international standard sand dressed Hockey pitch
on the footprint of a disused playing field with poor drainage.
In order to create access for users and players, a new 40 space car park and 70m access drive
was made, along with extensive soft landscaping to mitigate the impact of a new floodlit facility
in its rural landscape.
Notts Sport worked with the project team for over 2 years to deliver the project to a successful
handover in Summer 2014.

Facility specification:
• 18mm Sand dressed synthetic grass
• Pre-fabricated foam shock pad
• Dynamic stone base

“Notts Sport were on hand throughout the 18 month development process to develop the
specification. They acted as our planning agent to obtain permission before tendering to a
range of quality independent contractors, so we had confidence that they would be able to
deliver the construction of the pitch.
Aside from planning fees we had no upfront costs to consider on a scheme that was not
guaranteed to go ahead, which gave us confidence that Notts Sport were going to give us the
best possible chance of success. Without Notts Sport I don’t think we would have been able to
deliver the pitch and certainly not in the 2 year period we ultimately achieved.”
Martin Roe, Bursar



Curtis Way, Chatham, Rochester, Medway, ME1 2TQ

Holcombe Hockey Club is the home of more than 10 Team GB hockey players, and is one of the
leading clubs in Europe, yet it had an aged hockey pitch with performance issues, in particularly
problems with ball bounce.
Notts Sport were engaged to reconstruct the pitch base and provide a truly elite performance
for the main 1st XI water based pitch. In-depth design consultancy with players (including Barry
Middleton – Team GB Captain) resulted in a specification tailored to meet the exacting standards
After completing this priority project, Notts Sport were also asked to resurface the adjacent sand
dressed pitch, to create a high quality facility for all players in the Hockey Club, regardless of the
team they played in.

Facility specification:
• 1no. Notts Sport sand dressed & 1no. Notts Sport water based
• In-situ rubber 15mm shock pad
• New engineered macadam base on water based pitch

Build Cost: £587,000

“The new Holcombe pitch is an absolutely fantastic surface to play on. The ball fizzes across the
surface and holds the water really well. It’s a really great pitch and we’re really lucky to have such
an international standard here. It’s so much better than the old one.”
Sam Quek, Holcombe, England and Team GB




St John’s Wood Rd, London, NW8 8QN

Lord’s is the iconic home of cricket known throughout the world, and Notts Sport were asked to
replace the non-turf facilities on the nursery ground, which as they had not been performing as
required and were in need of replacement.
Notts Sport worked with the project team at Lord’s for over 12 months to develop a design for
long term performance, ensuring that they delivered world class facilities for the world class

Facility specification:
30.00m x 2.74m NottsBase ‘D’ System match pitch
30.00m x 8.00m NottsBase ‘D’ System double lane practice area
• NottsGrass NG12
• NottsPad underlay
• NottsBase underlay
• Hard porous aggregate

“We were very happy with the service we received from Notts Sport. They were very professional
from start to finish.”
Ryan La Roux, Lord’s Ground staff



New York City, NY, United States

Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, as well as one of the most filmed
locations in the world, managed and maintained by Central Park Conservancy under contract
with the City of New York.
Over the past three years, Notts Sport have supplied their SurfacePlay impact absorbing
playground surfacing system to some of the Central Park Conservancy’s playground projects
as part of their ‘Plan for Play’ restoration programme. The SurfacePlay systems have been well
received, so much so that in April 2016 the East 72nd Street Play Area was voted by the New York
City public as the favourite play area in Central Park.
As well as this award winning scheme, the Surface Play systems have been installed in what many
say is the world’s busiest play space at East 110th Street Playground, illustrating its popularity and,
just as importantly, its durability and play value throughout its life.
With many more SurfacePlay schemes planned throughout 2016 and 2017, you can expect to see
more cutting edge designs installed throughout the Five Boroughs and Central Park itself.

Central Park Play Areas:
East 110th Street Play Area
East 72nd Street Play Area
Tarr-Coyne Wild West Playground
Adventure Playground
Tarr Family Playground




Linkfield Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 7RE

Founded in 1827, Loretto School is one of Britain’s leading co-educational boarding and day
schools for boys and girls aged 0-18. The vision was to improve their external sports facilities at
both the Senior and Junior School sites.
The first scheme was to complete a high profile resurfacing of the existing hockey pitch, whilst the
second scheme was developed with Cleveland Land Services Ltd to reconstruct and refurbish
the Junior School asphalt tennis courts into a high quality multi use games area.
Working closely with Neil Allan, Head of Hockey, and Stephen Howard, Bursar, Notts Sport were
challenged to transform the existing facilities, with additional improvements to its associated
features, such as the dug-outs, creating world class facilities in the process. Working to an
extremely demanding schedule, the project was completed on time, on budget and to wide
acclaim in the Scottish Hockey sector.

Facility specification:
• Blue & Red NottsGrass Mono 18 sand dressed synthetic
• New 15mm in situ rubber shock pad
• Laid onto existing
• Engineered macadam base
• Underlying piped drainage system

Refurbishment Cost: £195,000

“The surface is of the highest quality, and has led to huge improvements both in the facilities at
the school and the standard of play throughout. The pitch provides an excellent playing surface
at an Elite level. We are delighted with the service received from Notts Sport”
Neil Allan, Head of Hockey and Scottish Hockey Coach of the Year



County Ground, Grace Rd, Leicester, LE2 8AD

After experiencing inconsistent performance from their indoor net facility in the previous season,
Notts Sport were engaged by Leicestershire County Cricket Club to transform the nets into an
International Standard facility, with consistent performance for the club’s professional players as
well as junior players.
This challenge was met head on by Notts Sport’s dedicated Cricket department and since
installation the feedback has been universally positive from players of all standards, including
coaches, professionals and managers.

Facility specification:
• 3no. NottsTurf Indoor including 1no. full length training lines
• 3no. NottsPad Indoor

“Introducing cutting-edge training facilities like this is an important part of our club’s ethos.
Providing players with a more authentic surface to practise on gives them a huge boost, whether
they’re established first-team professionals or youth players developing their skills.”
Wasim Khan, Leicestershire’s Chief Executive

“It’s been fantastic. It is key for us as professional sportsmen to practise on a quality wicket and
this is certainly a quality facility to use. It is very close to an outdoor wicket, which is what you
Lewis Hill, Leicestershire Wicket-keeper and Batsman

“The previous surface was quite uneven and players didn’t want to bat in here, but now with this
new surface from Notts Sport everyone wants to! The shockpad underneath makes it so much
more realistic in terms of bounce and pace.”
Keith Piper, Leicestershire Elite Development Coach



CHRIST’S COLLEGE #NSChristsColFinch 29

East End Road, Finchley, London, N2 0SE

The project team at Christ College had been working on an Artificial Grass Pitch project for over
10 years, but had not found a way of delivering a successful planning application or financial
solution that was viable for the School and Governing Body.
Notts Sport developed proposals fully compliant with local and national planning policies and
with the North Circular directly adjacent to the proposed footprint, this was a challenging design
process in many different ways. This expertise, coupled with Notts Sport’s unique Fast Track
Funding scheme, created a fully transparent, robust funding package, and Notts Sport were
able to deliver an international standard 3rd Generation (3G) football pitch without any capital
contribution from the College, the costs being repaid over a 7 year period.

Facility specification:
• NottsGrass 50 3 FIFA 1*
• NottsPad XC shockpad
• 250mm MOT aggregate
• 50mm 2-6mm stone

“Working with Notts Sport was a very positive experience. The solution-focused discussions
were very much aimed at meeting our needs and requirements. A first rate service which we
would recommend without reservation.“
Samson Olusanya, Headteacher

“Fantastic. Couldn’t recommend Notts Sport highly enough! They were there from beginning
to end of our project, and without their help and expertise, I am positive the project would not
have happened.
For such a big project, Notts Sport made the whole process stress and hassle free, meaning I
could get on with my job of teaching!.”
Daniel Nielsen, Head of Physical Education



Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG

Keele University appointed Notts Sport to deliver a huge external sports facility development,
incorporating a brand new FIFA 1* & World Rugby compliant 3G Artificial Grass Pitch with an
accompanying 60m x 30m training area to the same standards.
In addition, the project included the resurfacing of existing asphalt tennis courts, the creation of
new basketball courts and a new-build Beach Volleyball court. All these facilities, plus the existing
hockey pitch, required new lighting which resulted in the UK’s largest sports LED installation
using state of the art technology throughout.
Delivered to a budget of £1.3million, Notts Sport have provided Keele University with World Class
sporting facilities to reflect the world class teaching and education offered to the University’s
10,000 students at the 620 acre rural Staffordshire campus.

Facility specifications: 35.00m x 60.00m Tennis courts
• Two part acrylic coating finish
106.00m x 70.00m 3G Match pitch
• 60mm FIFA / World Rugby 3G Turf 60.00m x 30.00m 3G Training pitch
• In situ rubber shockpad • 60mm FIFA / World Rugby 3G Turf
• 1150 Terram, 250mm Stone, 40mm • In situ rubber shockpad
• 1150 Terram, 250mm stone, 40mm macadam
21.00m x 35.00m Beach volleyball court
38.00m x 35.00m Basketball and Netball court • 400mm imported compliant sand
• Two part acrylic coating finish • Geotextile, 150mm Stone




Stanbridge Lane, Wakefield, WF2 7EL

Notts Sport originally met with Woodkirk Academy in 2010 and over a 5 year period supported
the Academy in developing a comprehensive business plan for a new FIFA, World Rugby, GAA
& Rugby League compliant 3rd Generation (3G) Artificial Grass Pitch. The existing natural turf
pitches were in a very poor condition, and were unusable from November to March each year.
Using the state of the art ShockWave EcoBase technology, Woodkirk Academy were the first
customer in the world to have the system installed, and in challenging site and weather conditions
the project was completed over Winter 2015/16.
The finished facility has received high praise from users of the pitch, the wider synthetic turf
industry and National Governing Bodies, highlighting the innovation that Notts Sport aims to
bring to the customer sector on every scheme.

Facility specification:
• NottsGrass 60
• ShockWave EcoBase
• 150mm MOT none frost susceptible aggregate lower base

“The people around Leeds who came here for fixtures know how often the old pitch was hard
during the winter - we basically couldn’t use them from November through ‘til March, so to get
a new facility like this has been fantastic.
The facility has changed PE completely, and now our whole curriculum is going to move forward.
It’s been a good partnership with Notts Sport, helping us through the design and
tendering process and to the stage where now we actually have this fantastic
facility to use. They’ve held our hand all the way.”
Andrew Cox, Head of Physical Education


& ShockWave EcoBase

#NSShockWave 37


& ShockWave EcoBase


Introducing the new ShockWave and ShockWave Ecobase system

In 50 years of synthetic turf pitches there have been many inventions. Some have lasted,
some have faded away, but always the goal is to improve on what has gone before.

ShockWave EcoBase is a revolutionary new base and shockpad combination for synthetic
turf pitches, created following a detailed two year research and development period, by
leading synthetic sport & play experts, Notts Sport.

Through patented technology, and using state of the art supply chain processes, ShockWave
EcoBase creates the opportunity to develop elite standard 3rd Generation (3G) pitches,
meeting, and often exceeding, all recognised performance standards for football, rugby
(union & league) and Gaelic Football.

There are a wide range of benefits for your scheme:
• ShockWave maximises player comfort for a range of sports: rugby, football, hockey,

and GAA
• ShockWave offers long term (25 year) performance warranty - peace of mind for you

and your users
• ShockWave increases player safety, and achieves 2.3m HIC results against the World

Rugby increased standard of 1.3m
• ShockWave provides thermically stable performance, less prone to frost resulting in

fewer cancellations and consistent performance throughout the year
• ShockWave shortens construction periods, so your pitch will be ready sooner, minimising

disruption to schools and clubs during an 8 week construction period
• ShockWave is genuinely environmentally friendly, and the amount of quarried

aggregates is halved, and lorry movements to site are reduced by up to 150 visits
• ShockWave is 100% Recyclable: no material is sent to landfill
• ShockWave is cutting edge technology, verified by manufacturing and supply chain

partners, including DS Smith® and ARPRO®
• ShockWave offers high capacity vertical and lateral drainage performance, creating a

compliant drainage design against standards such as BRE 365 in the UK
• ShockWave has reduced capital costs in conjunction with a reduction in base build costs,

meaning that there is a potential 30% total life cost saving in comparison with traditional
• ShockWave allows reduced resurfacing costs: only the top surface needs replacing,
with no extra remedial work needed

Leading industry specialists Notts Sport are able to provide a turnkey design, specification
and construction package for your 3G pitch, bringing you the latest design and product
innovation, and the highest standards to your project.



Archer Road, Penarth, South Glamorgan, CF64 2XL

Stanwell School wanted to deliver an international level sand dressed hockey pitch at the school
site, and had tried and failed to obtain planning consent on numerous occasions in the preceding
10 years before meeting Notts Sport in 2012, at one of the company’s Fast Track Funding Seminars
that run every October and November throughout the UK.
From 2012 to 2014, Notts Sport developed a fully comprehensive design and planning package
which meant that consent was granted at the first attempt, in Autumn 2014.
Construction began in early 2015 and the pitch was complete by May, with additional features
including the redevelopment of a 10,000sqm redgra/shale area into a high quality natural turf
rugby pitch, using spoil created by the hockey pitch scheme.
In addition, significant works were required to create new pedestrian access, linking the new
pitch to the school site and wider transportation network.

Facility specification:
• NottsGrass SD
• NottsPad XC
• Dynamic base construction - terram, MOT type 3 stone, fine-dust blinding




Plum Lane, Plumstead, London, SE18 3HW

The visionary Head at Plumcroft wished to create a unique playground experience for the pupils,
using Fast Track Funding to ensure that no opportunity was missed during the design process.
The resulting playground is one of the most innovative play experiences you could wish to
explore, with a London Underground Tube Carriage incorporated into the playground, along
with outdoor gym equipment, sports markings and play value added into the surface design.
Spread across separate areas around the school, the variety in design, shape and application
reinforce the old adage that the only limit in surfacing design is one’s own imagination. The
vibrant, exciting and stimulating facilities are enjoyed by the entire School, come rain or shine.

Facility specification:
• VHAF NottsSward 1150 sand filled needle punched carpet

“The ideas behind this playground were built up between my head of PE, myself, Notts Sports
and the installers Playcubed. I found all of them extremely helpful, professional and forward
looking in this process.
My vision was to make this school a place that anyone walking past would say ‘I want my child
to go to that school’ and after the changes made over this summer I feel confident that this is
undoubtedly the case.”
Richard Slade, Headteacher at Plumcroft Primary School.


With over 32 years’ experience we have worked with 100s of independent schools, including:

Ackworth School Fyling Hall School Pangbourne College
Apple Tree School Gad’s Hill School Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate
Gordon’s School
Bede’s School Great Houghton Preparatory Ratcliffe College
Bedstone College Read School
Beechwood Park School School
Beechwood Sacred Heart Haileybury School Richmond School
Hamilton College Rokeby School
School Hampton School
Bishopgates School Highgate School Rougemont School
Holmewood House School Royal Alexandra & Albert
Bolton School Hurstpierpoint College
Brentwood School School
Brighton College Kent College Royal Grammar School
Campion School King Edward VI School
Cardinal Vaughan School King Edward’s School Ryde School
Charterhouse School Sevenoaks Preparatory School
Kinghm Hill School
Cheam School King’s College Spratton Hall School
Christ Church College St Dunstan’s College
Kingswood Hose School St John on the Hill School
Christ’s Hospital Knighton House School
Churcher’s College Langley Park School for Girls St Mary’s School
Claire’s Court Schools St Paul’s School
Coventry Schools Foundation Latymer School St. Andrew’s School
Cranleigh College Leighton Park School St. Mary’s College
Dame Allan’s School Licensed Victuallers School Taunton School
Dauntsey’s School Teeside High School
Dene Magna School Limehouse School The Blue School
Lochinver House School The King’s School Macclesfield
Disraeli School The Queen’s School
Dixie Grammar School Lockers Park School The Schools at Somerhill
Dorton House School Loretto School The Unicorn School
Trent College
Downside School Magdalen College School Westbourne House
Dulwich College Maidwell Hall Westminster College
Dumpton School Wisbech Grammar School
Eastbourne College Merchant Taylor’s School Withington Girls School
Eltham College New Beacon School Wolverhampton Grammar
Epsom College New Hall School
Foremarke Preparatory School School
Frensham Heights First School Newcastle Royal Grammar Wycliffe School
Yately Manor
Newland House School
Oratory School

Our Lady of Sion School



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