Chippenham Hockey Club pitch gains FIH certification

SSL are pleased to confirm that the synthetic pitch at Chippenham Hockey Club has been awarded FIH Category 3 certification, the highest FIH award for a sand dressed surface.

SSL were appointed in 2020 to carry out a pitch conditon survey and provide specialist advice with regards to replacement of the old synthetic turf surface. SSL went on administer a formal tender process where a detailed contract specification was provided to several specialist sports pitch contractors on which to submit firm price bids for the works. Once a contractor was appointed and works reached construction stage, SSL’s experienced surveyors were on hand to review each key stage of the works.

Following a field test carried out by an approved International Hockey Federation test house, the FIH have formally confirmed the resurfaced field satisfies the construction, performance and player welfare requirements of a FIH Category 3 hockey field (formerly known as FIH National). This means the pitch is suitable for national and local competition.

In addition to replacement of the synthetic turf surface system, the project also included the installation of a brand new spectator stand. The stand was constructed in accordance with latest Building Regulations for the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds. Fencing improvement works and new sports equipment were also provided.

The facility is one of a number of hockey pitch projects that SSL have designed and delivered during 2021. With numerous other projects in the pipeline, we look forward to developing further high quality UK hockey pitch facilities during 2022.