The S&C Slatter team commenced the project by working with the school’s project team to understand their needs for the facilities, and to maximise the provision of sports offered on the curriculum. The optimum location was selected, making use of an otherwise redundant piece of land within the school grounds. The MUGA was to be built on an area of the school grounds that was not suitable for sports throughout the year, wet and boggy in the winter and dry and rutted in the summer.
S&C Slatter supported the local management team with the planning process producing detailed, accurate construction drawings and arrangement of the additional surveys. S&C Slatter also assisted with discharging the planning conditions set out by the Local Planning Authority. This included working with a local Archaeologist (Berkshire Archaeology) to determine the site location of the proposed sports facility did not present any historical value.
Due to the lengthy planning process the project construction programme fell into the school’s term time and during the winter months. This created logistical challenges around scheduling of deliveries of materials, and machinery working during the school day. The S&C Slatter team are experienced with ensuring minimal disruption to school activities during the construction phase of their projects and, most importantly, ensuring safety of the pupils and the staff during the busy school day schedule.
These challenges were resolved through expert employment of a carefully co-ordinated works programme, excellent communication and collaboration between the on-site team and the school. One example of the site-specific planning was to create a one-way system for all project deliveries and site traffic.
Despite the challenging winter weather and unusual topography of the site, the project was completed on time and on budget. The students were able to maximise their new sports facilities in their weekly curriculum. The client was extremely happy with the MUGA for the children, and the local community to use outside of school hours. School Business Manager Rachel Naish shared her experience working with S&C Slatter:
“A Sports MUGA had been a long-term project for the school and following visits and quotes from a number of companies, S&C Slatter were recommended to us by a neighbouring school.
We have not been disappointed. From Matt’s first visit and the following procurement process, all through the work to the final handover from John, the team have been professional, helpful and responsive to the school’s needs. We received expert advice and were kept well informed throughout the project regarding what we needed to do and what to expect. Communication was excellent and the team were always helpful and friendly.
The result is an amazing addition to our facilities, delivered on time, enabling us to offer more sporting opportunities to all pupils in the school, all year round.
We are extremely happy with our new MUGA and would not hesitate to recommend S&C Slatter to other schools.”
S&C Slatter are experts in sports construction. Whether an artificial turf training pitch or a multi-facility sports hub – and everything in between – we work collaboratively with you to deliver on your goals and objectives.
Projects range substantially in size, complexity and application but all continue to embrace and exhibit the same attention to detail and commitment to outstanding personal customer service.