S&C Slatter have a highly skilled, in-house, sports facility design team. Building on 30 years’ experience in sports construction we have developed deep expertise in sports pitch design and successfully managing the planning application process on behalf of clients.
We offer a true one-stop solution providing a seamless experience from pitch and facility design, through planning, to sports facility construction and pitch maintenance.
Read on to learn more about the design and planning process or get in touch to discuss your project requirements.
Our dedicated and highly experienced in-house sports design and planning team will develop conceptual designs into detailed and informed technical drawings, ready for planning and construction.
Taking the finalised sports facility design through planning, we can either deliver specialist advice within your own planning team or assume lead responsibility for the planning process in its entirety. We'll handle everything, from the production of the pre-application planning statement to the completion and submission of statutory planning documents.
As sports construction specialists, we are perfectly placed to deliver the design and planning stage of your project, ensuring maximum efficiency in the construction phase.
The strong communication and shared knowledge across our in-house departments will ensure that your goals and objectives are communicated through every stage of the process, allowing for a smooth transition from the granting of planning permission to the implementation of on-site works.
There are three key stages in design development for sports construction.
The initial stage of design is a conceptual one, where the ‘vision’ of the project is realised, based on your project brief and following an on-site consultation. This will take into account your objectives and aspirations, as well as the proposed site location.
This stage will consider:
- Will the sports facility fit in the proposed location? How will it look?
- The relationship of the facility to other site assets and features
- Reviewing access on and off site
- Evaluation of supporting infrastructure required
- Anticipating any known technical build or logistical issues
We will prepare first costings for the delivery process, to give you an idea of overall cost and options available.
Project conceptual designs allow for a business plan to be developed with a clear insight into likely funding requirements. It provides a visual and financial asset that can be used to engage internal and external stakeholders.
Learn more about our conceptual design process and outputs.
The conceptual design will be used as an indicator of what survey and evaluations will be needed to develop the design and project detail. This stage will reveal exactly ‘what is possible’ on the site location, and how it can be best achieved.
Both quantitative and qualitative analysis will be used to ask and answer pertinent questions, providing a clear insight into the best project solutions.
Methods employed by our in-house technical team include:
We work with our clients to deliver the Detailed Site Surveying and Evaluation Report in a format and structure that best conforms to their needs. We do this while ensuring that key components are structured to meet the requirements of planning authorities and statutory bodies, ready for the planning stage.
The survey and evaluation process may include research areas:
Learn more about our sports facility site surveying and evaluation services.
It’s at this stage that the design becomes informed and specific, embracing the evidence gathered in the survey stage, while being continuously challenged and extended through stakeholder objectives.
We consider real and potential project impacts, taking various factors into account when developing designs.
These factors include:
- Geotechnical, hydrographic and topographical evidence
- Ecology and archaeology
- Planning consents
- Drainage and water management
- Landscape design
- Lighting, traffic, and noise
- Footfall profiling
Our in-house design team will deliver a series of design iterations through the process, utilising plan, isometric, elevation and construction section views to create a comprehensive representation of the project proposal.
Depending on your project needs, this can also encompass extended infrastructure design, for: visitor facilities, car parks, access roads, lighting, soft and hard landscaping and general site modelling.
Managed as a ‘live’ entity that feeds off a stream of inputs, we work collaboratively with stakeholders, and our designers consult our construction team throughout the design process. Leveraging decades of field-based experience, our experts contribute feedback and advice to deliver highly effective, future-proofed designs ready for construction.
Through this dialogue, we minimise your exposure to risk and cost throughout the most expensive phase of your project – construction – whilst ensuring you are best equipped to move forward to the planning stage.
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