S&C Slatter were proud to undertake hockey pitch construction on behalf of Basingstoke & Deane Council and Basingstoke Hockey Club.
An extensive facility in Basingstoke, Down Grange Sports Complex features an array of sports facilities for athletics, hockey, football, rugby, shooting and croquet.
The complex is home to a number of sports teams within the area, including Basingstoke Hockey Club, a nearly 500-strong club with six men’s teams and seven ladies teams, whose first team plays in the National League.
The success and popularity of the club meant that they were fast outgrowing the single sand-dressed hockey pitch available at Down Grange. Working with Basingstoke Borough Council, the Club selected S&C Slatter to construct a new sand-dressed artificial turf hockey pitch on site, adjacent to their existing pitch.
S&C Slatter worked closely with the council and club to ensure that the chosen surface would would also be suitable for football and rugby, given that such a variety of sports are played on site.
After undertaking the initial excavation and groundworks to remove the topsoil, pitch drainage was implemented alongside a dynamic stone and macadam base. This was followed by the installation of an in-situ rubber shock pad and FieldTurf Hockey Gold Elite artificial turf. The project was completed with the the installation of perimeter fencing, floodlighting, team shelters and hockey equipment.
The pitch was handed over in January 2020 and has already received attention from England Hockey highlighting the club’s fundraising efforts for inspiration on social media!