Shankill Indoor Tennis Centre the gold standard for Ireland

Sports Labs attended the formal opening of the Shankill Indoor Tennis Centre in Dun Laoghaire yesterday. 

The 1.6m euro semi ridged structure accommodates 4No. Full size tennis courts to Davis Cup spec.


The ambience of this indoor facility has got to be experienced almost unique in Ireland

The ambience of this indoor facility has got to be experienced almost unique in Ireland

Eoin O'Brien DL&R Council met with me onsite in 2011 to look at a boggy low lying area - we discussed the vision he had to locate a top quality facility on that patch of land! Fast forward to 2016 and we were lucky to be the first to strike a tennis ball onto this high tech cushioned acrylic surface. 

This facility will enhance tennis in the south Dublin area as the all year round protection the structure affords to players will sure allow the sport to flourish. 

The new indoor fabric covered structure is double skinned for insulation and durability which should see it last at least 30+ years

The new indoor fabric covered structure is double skinned for insulation and durability which should see it last at least 30+ years

The main contractor T. Pearse & Sons Ltd performed well with the difficult ground conditions and produced a fine end result.

The Club held a seminar regarding the project to inform other interested Club of their experience a great way to open the facility.

Various Clubs attended the opening and seminar

Various Clubs attended the opening and seminar

Brescia House School - Johannesburg making excellent progress

Brescia House School has embarked on a new water based artificial hockey pitch project. The facility will provide the School with a top class training facility.

Sub grade ready for sub base application  

Sub grade ready for sub base application  

The project was designed, specified and procured by UJSports Labs which resulted in the project being awarded in January through a competitive tendering process. 

Greenfields/Belgotex were appointed to take the project forward.

we will post regular updates on this as the project advances.

Glasgow Life deliver further 3G pitches

Sports Labs working for Glasgow Life the Leisure Trust operating the sports facilities for Glasgow City Council upgrade 2 No. 3G pitches Working closely with Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Building Sports Labs provided consultancy services to design, procure and manage the refurbishment of two pitches in Glasgow. The good news is that both pitches were designed to allow football and rugby use, the bad news is that both were hockey pitches and now these facilities are lost to hockey. Hockey in Glasgow has moved to the new Commonwealth games venue so it is not a complete negative for that sport.

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These refurbishments have reinvigorated what were very dilapidated facilities these are now thriving community based hubs. The biggest beneficiaries of course are rugby who now have excellent training facilities where before there were none! See attached synopsis of the work done to upgrade the facilities.

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Warrington Victoria Park Athletics Stadium gets major refit Get on your marks Warrington gets track revamp. Victoria Park gets new state-of-the-art facilities

VICTORIA Park Athletics Arena development plans to create state-of-the-art facilities are well underway with the opening of the newly refurbished track.

Sports Labs led the project for Warrington Borough Council in preparing a specification for the works, tendering and project managing the works. The contract was won by Thornton Sports who were appointed to refurbish the track.

The original track surface was laid with cinders before being upgraded to a polymeric surface in the early 1980s. The polymeric track was last refurbished in 2001 so was now in need of a full depth replacement.

The new polymeric track is blue and there is a dual use rugby and football pitch in the centre featuring a new drainage system.

As part of the works the hammer and discus cage has been relocated in the central area and the pole vault was moved next to the long jump on the outside of the running track.

Warrington Athletics Club will use the track as their home venue and stage North West regional open track and field athletics meetings during the open season.

As the first multi sport facility of its kind in the town, the arena can accommodate competitions from junior to senior elite level, and is fully accessible for disabled users.

At the track opening, Cllr Kate Hannon, executive board member for leisure, community and culture, said:

“This was a superb event, there was a real buzz about the place and we have been inspired by the enthusiasm of all the athletes here tonight. This is a fantastic multi sporting facility that will be a great asset to the town

“The enthusiasm of the club towards this project shows how much this facility means to them and will attract regional events, which is good for the sport and the town."

This project is part of the council’s ongoing investment into the park and there is more investment and improvements still to come during the next few years.

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

Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track; get's a facelift with Sports Labs help!

Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track A major refurbishment of the Embankment athletics facility was commissioned by Peterborough Council to bring the facility up to modern standards.  The facility is managed by Vivacity Peterborough on behalf of Peterborough City Council, who actually funded the project. Sports Labs provided specialist consultancy services to Peterborough  Enterprise to assist in the management of this project.

Following a tendering process to SAPCA approved track builder members, Blakedown Sport and Play were awarded the contract.

The works included adding new training straights, modifying and refurbishing the long/triple jump facilities dealing with run-off from embankments on the home straight together with the replacement of all the polymeric surfaces on the track.

As with most ageing facilities you are never quite sure what you will find when you remove the old track surface and that was the case here; we found a very poor substrate which required a lot of work to make sure it complied with modern athletic requirements and was durable (future proof). The works in general were delivered smoothly and generally to programme albeit the early weather in spring was very cool to say the least and most importantly to budget.

The track has a thriving club network and this refurbishment puts the facility right back in the frame as regards athletics in the heart of the Cambridgeshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire borders. We are looking forward to seeing the athletics results of this investment in years to come.

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