• The University of Chester

    A 2011 project for the University of Chester was carried out through Turner and Townsend who are the University’s framework Project Managers.  Turner and Townsend employed a main contractor with a sports specialist subcontractor.

    Turner and Townsend also acted as Cost Consultants and CDM Co-ordinators and, particularly in the early days of the scheme, Structural Engineers and Landscape Architects were involved.  The University’s Estates team had partly developed the project but appreciated that the sports specialist knowledge wasn’t present within the group.

    The project entailed resurfacing an existing hockey pitch with a sand-dressed product and constructing a new 3G artificial grass pitch for rugby and football use. The performance standards required were FIFA 1 star for football and rugby to IRB 22. Two new porous macadam tennis courts were constructed end to end at one side of the 3G pitch with a polymeric sprint strip (mainly for Sports Science research) being constructed on the other side.  All are floodlit.

    The site was very restricted as the city centre campus also had to accommodate a new Hall of Residence in close proximity to the 3G pitch.  There were planning delays, which condensed the contract programme, completion being required before the end of the summer vacation period.

    The previous drawings and proposals were revised and adapted to fit the very tight site. The specification was written to meet Governing Body guidelines and the proposals costed out for Turner and Townsends’ Cost Consultants.

    The Design Stage Risk Assessments were submitted to the CDM Co-ordinators and Turner and Townsend drew up the Employers Requirements documentation and administered the tender process.  The Sports Construction Consultancy analysed the tenders and drew up a tender report.

    The contract start date was delayed by the Planning process and special measures were required to complete as soon as possible after the start of the University’s term.  An innovative set of construction design variations were agreed with the specialist sub-contractor and the works were all completed in 9 weeks.  It has to be said that the main contractor was proficient, his sub-contractor performed well and a determined team effort satisfied the University’s requirements.  All surfaces were tested for compliance with the designed performance standards under a sub-contract.

    The Sports Construction Consultancy worked within the project team monitoring the contract and attending progress meetings. Regular site supervision was undertaken with key stage checks carried out.  On completion, the maintenance requirements were all established with a combination of in-house routine maintenance and specialist quarterly contracted visits.

    The total project cost was £945,000.

    The quality of the facilities is very high.  The client at the University, Jared Allen who heads the Estates Department, expressed his high level of satisfaction with the project at the time and should endorse the foregoing.