11th Dec 2020
S&C Slatter were delighted to work together with Group Partners White Horse Contractors to deliver two new natural turf pitches for football at Wimborne Town Football Club in November.
Following the successful relocation of Ringmer AFC earlier this year, we were thrilled to work on another relocation project for Wimborne FC and property developers Wyatt Homes.
Wyatt Homes approached The Magpies with the proposition of purchasing their existing Cuthbury ground for residential development, with the proceeds funding a new purpose-built facility at an alternative site.
The new ground at Parmiter Drive features one natural turf stadia pitch for match play and one natural turf pitch for training, both constructed to Sport England Type 5 build specification.
S&C Slatter were contracted to deliver the new ground, with the client benefitting from our dedicated in-house teams across both S&C Slatter and our group partners White Horse Contractors, to take care of design, pitch construction and ancillary works.
Our specialist Design & Planning team created the site-wide design and layout for the club’s new ground to The FA’s Sports Ground Grading C specification, suitable for football in the National League System.
White Horse Contractors’ in-house engineers and CAD experts produced the technical design and construction programme for the two natural turf pitches, delivering the construction of the pitches on site to Sport England Type 5 specification.
To round off the project, S&C Slatter’s dedicated Surfacing & Civils division took care of ancillary footpath construction as well as fencing and floodlighting for the two pitches.
In a recent interview with the Bournemouth Echo, club patron Harry Redknapp commented:
“To see a stadium like this for a non-league club is beyond belief really. It’s top draw. I had been to the old ground… but this ground is another level. It makes you want to play football again.”
Despite poor weather and the disruption caused by the coronavirus crisis, our teams worked to deliver the project on time, and to the PQS standards set out by the client.
White Horse Contractors utilised a custom-build specialist mobile irrigation system to cut the growing in time for the pitch by 50%, to overcome the time lost due to COVID-19 – and the Great British weather!
After more than 100 years at their old ground, we’re excited to see what the next hundred years holds for Wimborne FC and hope to see the ground put to great use for developing football in Wimborne in the next season and beyond.