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HOCKEY - Resurfacing works begin at Wilberforce Road

Wednesday 1 August 2012

Work on the resurfacing of the University Hockey Surface at the Wilberforce Road Sports Ground is underway, with the new pitch expected to be ready for the 2012/13 season.

Following a competitive tendering process, the project was awarded to Blakedown Sport & Play, who have been working in artificial sports surfaces for over 40 years and boast an impressive portfolio of previous projects, including the Manchester Commonwealth Games.

The Project will be managed and commissioned by Materials Science Consultants Ltd who have been a provider of professional services in the sports construction industry for over 20 years and who have previously overseen a number of successful projects for the Physical Education Department, including the initial installation of the hockey pitch, athletics track and floodlights. 

The previous sand-filled surface, which had been in situ for 17 years, is being removed ready to make way for a new sand-dressed surface. The project also includes a number of repairs to the perimeter fencing, new international standard goals, new dugouts and a blue pitch surround. Work is expected to be complete by the end of August 2012.

Tony Lemons, the Director of Physical Education was delighted to be able to announce the project “Hockey is one of the most participated in and highest profile sports in the University. The new surface will bring substantial benefits to the University Hockey Club, the College Hockey League and to the local community.”

Tony Farmer, Regional Manager at Blakedown Sport and Play said “We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this project. This is a prestigious site which hosts numerous high level hockey games. We look forward to delivering a top class facility for the University”.

Visit the Wilberforce Road Sports Ground section of the website to see photo updates of the project and to see how the facilities can be booked.



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