SSL Help Provide the Platform for Buxton FC Academy

SSL are delighted with the news that Evo-Stik North Premier League team Buxton FC will next year be launching their own Academy to develop the stars of the future.

Earlier this year SSL were engaged by EvoStik league partners GreenFields UK to assist with detailed design work in order to convert Buxton’s natural turf stadium pitch into a state-of-the-art 3G synthetic facility.

The pitch was designed to meet both FIFA Quality and World Rugby Performance Standards which has ensured the Stadium can provide for dual-usage with Buxton Rugby Club also playing there.

With Buxton FC being established back in 1877, the development marked an important moment in the club’s long history, one which will also help future progression.

Speaking to, Buxton FC Chairman David Hopkins commented: “We are delighted with our new pitch which overnight, alongside the obvious commercial oppor­tuni­ties, allows us to at last fully engage with our local community“.

SSL are pleased to have played a part in this project and look forward to working on further stadium projects in the near future.

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Stadium conversion in Oldham continues to impress

This week marks 18 months since we formally handed over the impressive synthetic pitch at the @VestaCare Stadium in Oldham (formerly Whitebank Stadium). Surfacing Standards were the appointed specialist pitch consultants to prepare design options, write and submit the planning application before managing the construction phase itself and carrying out key stage inspections. Funded by Oldham Council, the new 3G stadium pitch has significantly improved sports provision in the local area. The stadium, which has hosted amateur league football since the 1930’s, is the proud home to ambitious North West Counties league Avro FC. The pitch is also used by Oldham RLFC, with the surface specifically designed to RFL playing standards allowing competitive rugby usage. Construction was by GreenFields UK

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Old Southport Courts Transformed to Floodlit 3G

Job done! Just 50 working days since we secured planning permission, the old tarmac courts at KGV College have been converted to an impressive floodlit 3G training facility, compliant to FA dimensions. Due to tight project timescales, SSL ensured the tender process was completed and a contractor in place so that the construction phase could commence not long after planning permission had been granted. Having overseen the construction phase, we were delighted with the results (Drone photo courtesy of CLS Sports)

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Knights Templar School 3G Refurb Completed

Designed & project managed by SSL, the 3G resurface project at The Knights Templar School, Herts was completed within budget AND ahead of programme. Thanks to additional survey works proposed by SSL prior to contract start, we were able to provide the client greater project cost certainty whilst enabling the old pitch to be kept in use for the maximum amount of time. This ensured less disruption to the School and local users.   

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Completion of Sevenoaks FC New 3G Pitch

Welcome to The Bourne Stadium, Greatness Park. @Bourne_Sport @SevenoaksTC @CETB1 @SSL_Consultants @nicksss_uk @LanoSportsUK @KentFA #1883G

— Sevenoaks Town FC (@SevenoaksTownFC) July 20, 2017

Work has completed at Sevenoaks FC new 3G pitch . To celebrate this the club have released a short video showing the construction of the pitch. The work being completed by Bourne Amenity, who kindly recorded the timelaspe.

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Queen Ethelburgas College Artificial Pitch

Works are progressing well with the first of the six artificial pitch for Queen Ethelburgas College.

The complete works involve one full sized water based artificial pitch for hockey, two full sized artificial pitch for Rugby and football, two youth development sized artificial pitch for rugby and football with a large artificial pitch area to be used as warm up and training grids.

The inclusion of the six new artificial pitch at Queen Ethelburgas College allows the site to be a complete sports development hub with all artificial pitch facilities being to either RFU, FIFA and FIH standards meaning the site can meet all levels of sporting standards.

Queen Ethelburgas College artificial pitch

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Planning Permission for Dorothy Stringer School

Dorothy Stringer School receive planning permission for their new FA U13/14 artificial turf pitch.

The project is supported by Albion in the Community (AITC) who are the charitable arm of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club along with the FA and funding support from the Football Foundation.

SSL helped Dorothy Stringer School through the development process of the project, which went beyond the development of the artificial turf pitch as the School are using the opportunity of the large excavation works to produce more Butterfly Havens over the site along with planting of further trees that aid the school in enabling them to augment the sites status as a Local Wildlife Site (LWS) and Local Nature Reserve (LNR).

As the project has now received planning permission SSL will help the school develop there proposals and receive funding so that the project can progress into a reality that benefits the school and wider community for Sports, Wildlife and Nature.

Planning Permission for Dorothy Stringer School


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SSL at ISBA Conference 2014

Following our headline sponsor at the 2013 Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA) conference, we are looking forward to attending the 2014 ISBA conference at the Harrogate International Centre on the 7th and 8th May.

Along with enjoying the conference, we’ll also have an exhibition stand showcasing our services. The conference is an ideal event to launch our new visual identity through our literature, case studies and this lovely new website.

If you’re heading along too, we hope to see you there! We’ll be located on stand number D38.

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