College Rifles Rugby Club – Synthetic Turf development

Project: College Rifles Rugby Club – Synthetic Turf development

Client: College Rifles Rugby Club

Services Provided:

Construction & Development

When College Rifles Rugby Club wanted to install New Zealand’s first G3 rugby fields they called in the experts from NZSTI to lead them through the process.

The contract was broken into several parts with the initial install of the indoor practice area (2007), then the training area (2008) and then the two main fields and the running track area (2009). The scope of works included consent application, drainage design, base design, synthetic turf layout design, fencing design and project management of the physical works.

An initial site investigation revealed the presence of an existing pipe drainage system with contaminated sand carpet that had some residual function that was able to be used to advantage. A drainage system was designed to take advantage of the contribution from the existing drainage system and to augment it further to meet the design requirements.

High quality construction and turf were installed and tested to IRB standards. Building Consent inspections completed and signed off. Code Compliance application lodged. Materials delivered to site tested in NZSTI Laboratory and approved against Technical Specification.

Works completed on time and to budget. Site investigations identified a drainage solution that combined some new drainage with the existing drainage system to produce the targeted level of drainage performance. This provided a quality outcome at lower than normal cost.

The construction timeline was met which allowed the client to maximise use of the fields over the busy winter rugby months. By installing synthetic turf the club have been able to increase bookings and usage of the fields without compromising the quality of the surface.

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