Added: 29th May 2018
The unique benefits of the Turfdry Drainage System using Hydraway Sportsdrain continues to catch industry attention, with the firm recently having begun work on an installation at Hanwell Town FC, as part of a broader suite of pitch improvement funded by an FA grant.
The club has invested significantly in recent years, and with its profile - and league position - on the rise, they have been frustrated to suffer persistent and significant waterlogging issues throughout the winter months, which has undermined the hard work put in to keep the standard of ht playing surface as high as possible, and even threatened to disrupt their season through cancelled fixtures. Having identified drainage improvements as its top priority moving forwards, the club was able to secure funding from the FA as part of a broader range of improvements to the pitch, included sand amelioration and the installation of a new irrigation system.
Although the club had initially envisioned a conventional drainage system using 80mm perforated plastic pipe collector drains, they were drawn to some of the unique benefits of the Turfdry Drainage System using Hydraway Sportsdrain. Whilst the increased speed of its drainage performance when compared to plastic pipe was noted, a particular feature of Hydraway that appealed to the club was the 55-60mm wide trenches into which it is installed; with an imperative that the pitch be in top condition in time for the start of the 2018/19 season, the reduced disruption to the playing surface incurred through an installation of the Turfdry Drainage System when compared to the significantly wider trenches required for the installation of a plastic pipe system was highly appealing.
Additionally, when considering the more long-term impacts of the installation on the pitch, the club was excited at the prospect of the diminished impact of sinkage brought about by the natural shrinkage of the clay in summer months thanks to the unique balance of drainage efficiency and low-profile installation offered by the narrow trenches of the Turfdry Drainage System.
Check out the video below to see the installation in action!