Rathdown School flying high as a first class water based hockey pitch

Rathdown school and Monkstown hockey club has endorsed their new pitch as fantastic after their first weekend of hockey on the new water based pitch. Officially opening with the big game on the 8th November where Ireland will host Belgium in a friendly a great test for the new surface. Well done to Tony Patterson Contracts for providing a top facility.

Birds eye view of the pitch

Birds eye view of the pitch


A pano of the pitch

Joseph's of Cluny get new FIH Hockey Pitch, Access Road and Car Park

Sports Labs help St Joseph's of Cluny to deliver a major project In reality it has taken 10 years of planning to realise a dream for the school - to have their own hockey pitch. In 2013 the contract to upgrade the access roads and car parks and build a new hockey pitch actually started for Mary White Principal of the school. cluny pitch

Sports Labs acting as specialist consultant was appointed to take this project forward.  The project  involved a major cut and fill to provide a platform for the hockey pitch , redesign and construction of a new car park, access roads and retaining walls.


The contract was awarded to SAC Construction a local contractor familiar to the Board of Governors of the school. image

There were numerous design considerations on this residential site. Planning restrictions were placed on landscaping and the road, car park and lights. All had to be designed and constructed within tight planning conditions.

The ground conditions on-site were particularly challenging and necessitated cement stabilisation over half the pitch and capping in the car park area.

New access roadways and car parks were constructed to control Traffic flow and provide better traffic management of buses and vehicles dropping off at peak times. Additional car parking space at the front of the school has significantly improved the look at the front of the school.

The Hockey pitch a TigerTurf evopro sand dressed surface was selected for the playing surface. The pitch whilst for school use however the school has already had enquiries from clubs to let the facility.

Principal Mary White said

'I’d like to thank the astro turf pitch consultants i.e. Sports Labs UK based in Edinburgh and to congratulate their Director Mr Eric O Donnell, the Chief Consulting Engineer Mr Robbie Blair on a wonderful achievement. I’d like to praise the professionalism of this company, to thank them for the ease with which they were a weekly presence in Killiney, despite having to catch planes and ferries to cross the Irish sea be here and to thank Mr Robbie Blair in particular who oversaw the details of the construction of the project for Sports Labs and the school in a very supportive and committed way. We benefitted greatly as a school by having such an experienced and professional company to assist us in managing the pitch construction'.

cluny                                              Mary White, Robbie with the team

St Edwards School, Oxford: Take possession of a new hockey pitch

St Edwards School Oxford "Teddy's" get top quality hockey pitch St Edward’s School, Oxford have just completed the refurbishment of an old sand filled hockey pitch. The original pitch (now 21 years old!) was mainly used for tennis.

Site Investigation

As with any old facilities the old pitch has to be carefully investigated to characterize the base condition, shock pad and any need to modify the surface to meet NGB requirements; which may have moved on. Sports Labs carried out a site investigation on the old pitch to assess existing tarmac and shock pad. This clearly indentified the costs going forward for works required- in this case a new shock pad was required.

Quality Installation

Sports Labs designed, tendered and project managed the works. Agripower successfully secured this contract and decided to install a Tiger Turf Evo Pro sand dressed surface.

At every stage in the construction process checks and tests were carried out to confirm that the works met specification. This included the tarmac, shock pad and artificial turf.

On Time, To Budget

The pitch installation was handed over to the client on time and on budget. The school have found the pitch to be first class and is now the preferred surface for hockey at the school.


St Michael's Primary School; new multi-use games area

West Dunbartonshire Council's ongoing programme of upgrading school sites with new play areas and artificial turf pitches is producing some very high quality facilities for kids to develop sporting skill on. A project a few years in the making the Council were able to add a hard-standing playground area to the plans to have an artificial pitch on-site.

The school catering for P1 to P7 age groups has seen a tremendous  benefit to the sporting endeavour of its children since the pitch opened a few months ago. Sports Labs designed, tendered and project managed the works from concept through to handover.

Fairways Sportsgrounds were the main contractor for the works and delivered an excellent project on-time and to budget.

The Principal stated that "the pitch was a dream come true and will make a tremendous difference to the the children's sports, she said we now have a proper pitch away from the old grit surface which was always flooded".

Here a few photos of the pitch