Choosing to undertake a sports construction project is no easy feat. As with any capital project, you'll have deadlines, goals and a requirement that your project will last. To ensure a smooth process from planning to delivery, making the right choice of contractor is crucial.
Once the tender process is complete and the contracts are signed, you'll be working with your contractor for a number of months, trusting that they'll deliver what they promised, working collaboratively on-site, solving problems and delivering the standard you expect.
The Sport and Estates teams at the University of Warwick understand the challenges of sports construction. They have worked with multiple contractors to transform the university’s facilities through a £50m investment in sport. In 2017, as part of the transformation project and after a competitive tender process, the Warwick team selected S&C Slatter to construct their first water based hockey pitch.
Three years on we met with the members of the Warwick team responsible for planning and managing the construction process to find out exactly what it was like to work with S&C Slatter and see how the project has impacted life at Warwick.
Lisa Dodd-Mayne (Director of Sport and Active Communities, University of Warwick) and Stephen Jepson (Director, Hadron Consulting) discuss the origins of the pitch, and why it was deemed an integral project to undertake as part of a £50m investment in sport. With a sand-dressed hockey pitch coming to the end of its useful life – and putting the University’s hockey teams at a disadvantage when playing competitor Universities – they were quickly able to articulate why the water-based hockey pitch was required.
Lisa, Stephen, Alasdair MacIntosh (Programme Manager – Arts, Social Sciences & Sport, University of Warwick) and Charlotte Lloyd (Sports Officer, University of Warwick) discuss the aspirations for the new water based pitch. With an aim to become the most active campus in the UK, top quality facilities were high on the agenda for the University, as well as improving the standard of hockey. The University also wanted to generate revenue from the pitch, and partnerships with England Hockey, while improving outreach in the community.
We asked our interviewees whether their goals and aspirations had been achieved. They told us how the new water-based hockey pitch at Warwick University has:
Stephen, Lisa and Alasdair discuss choosing S&C Slatter as part of a competitive tender process, why the team stood out, and what they were actually like to work with through the construction and delivery process.