High Quality Pitch Replacement for Stonyhurst College

Located in the heart of the Ribble Valley, the synthetic pitch at Stonyhurst College marks the latest high quality project designed and delivered by the SSL Team.

Having been founded in 1593, Stonyhurst is the oldest Jesuit College in the world and one of the leading Catholic Boarding and Day Schools for 3 to 18 year olds. When it was decided to replace the 21 year old synthetic pitch, the College turned to SSL to help deliver the project.

Within weeks of being appointed, SSL completed a comprehensive condition survey on the old synthetic pitch providing independent advice on redevelopment options. A formal tender process quickly followed and a contractor appointed. SSL were then on hand to carry out quality control inspections through the works onsite.

The end result is an impressive new FIH compliant sand dressed surface system complete with contrasting coloured surrounds proudly embedding the College logo. Additional features include new maintenance machinery to allow site ground staff to keep the surface in top condition, synthetic turf covered kickboards to reduce hockey ball impact noise and Stonyhurst branded hockey goals.

The works were programmed to overlap the Easter holidays in order to reduce the impact on College sports provision. Completed in less than 30 working days, the project was delivered within budget.

Paul Sharples, Commercial Director at Stonyhurst commented; SSL were appointed due to the ‘Whole Project’ offer ensuring value for money and supporting Stonyhurst with the various complexities associated with a project of this scale. A very supportive team who led our project in a professional manner which met the brief and budget requirements. The service provided was very good, clear communication, support and advice throughout”.