When it comes to observing strict planning and compliance requirements, you can be assured SSL offer the expertise and guidance you need.

We guide clients through the full development and implementation stages of the sports pitch design. This ultimately achieves best value and enables the facility to be constructed with superior performance, operational convenience and future-proofing.

Ground and location assessment

SSL will investigate and review the ground conditions on all possible locations for the proposed development and prepare detailed recommendations to assist the decision making process regarding the preferred location.

Planning and construction approval process

Once all associated parties are happy with the design proposal and plans, we can oversee the project through the entire planning process. We do this by compiling a detailed planning application that covers all aspects, including the desire and need for such a facility to ensure that both the local authority and local community fully understand and ‘buy into’ the project.

Sports Governing Body best practice compliance

We have a huge amount of experience in designing and specifying sports facilities to the highest standard, employing industry best practice. Our team strives to be at the forefront of advances in materials and technologies that bring genuine benefits, whatever the sporting requirements. Our technical designs and specifications are assured to meet the highest recommendations of National Governing Bodies of Sport including:

  • All England Netball Association (AENA)
  • British Standard European Norm (BS EN)
  • England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
  • England Basketball
  • England Hockey
  • Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
  • Football Association (FA)
  • International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)
  • International Hockey Federation (FIH)
  • International Tennis Federation (ITF)
  • Lawn Tennis Association (LTA)
  • Sport England

Project acquisition, budget and scheduling requirement

Where a client is looking to secure funding from Sports bodies such as Sport England or the Football Foundation, our planning stage provides sufficient detail to complete a comprehensive funding application.

Once funding is in place, we are able to take the project forward including the preparation of detailed budget estimates and a final cost programming.

Health & Safety compliance

Construction, Design and Management (CDM) Regulations CDM regulations are intended to protect the health and safety of people working in construction and others who may be affected by their activities.  As part of the project development, SSL adhere to these regulations and can, depending on your requirements, can facilitate the role of CDM Coordinator.

These regulations require the systematic management of projects from concept to completion in order to identify and eliminate hazards where possible, with the remaining risks reduced and controlled.  This approach then greatly reduces risk during construction work and throughout the lifecycle of a structure (including eventual demolition).