Turfdry is extremely sad to report the tragic death of one of its former employees, Zsolt Rabi, who died following a severe reaction to a hornet sting in Hungary on 14th July. Zsolt was one of the most likeable people that you could ever wish to meet.
Turfdry has enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Concord College, and was delighted to hear that they have nominated the firm for the '2017 IOG Contractor of the Year' award. We are very proud of the final facilities, and hope that they serve to inspire a new generation of the school's athletes.
Turfdry's exemplary reputation for delivering industry-leading drainage solutions has seen their list of satisfied golf course clients grow once more, with the Turfdry Drainage System being successfully installed at Selsdon Park Golf Club. Employing the advanced technology of Hydraway Sportsdrain, this drainage system offers increased performance over conventional plastic pipe, whilst simultaneously having a minimised installation footprint thanks to its being laid into 60mm wide trenches.
With the design and construction of new sports facilities involving a great deal of time, energy, and expenditure, the expertise of a specialist contractor such as Turfdry is invaluable in securing optimal outcomes for projects. However, the natural disparity of specialist knowledge in this relationship can sometimes leave clients at a disadvantage, deferring to the 'expert knowledge' delivered by the contractor, who could potentially leverage this disparity to financial gain - at the cost of the final quality of the project.
Enfield Council have once again turned to Turfdry's expertise for the construction of a flood relief channel and associated drainage installation project in Gough Park - now part of the Forty Hall Park & Estate, and former site of the historically significant Gough House.
Looking to enhance its new 'Aspire' housing development in Bedford, Orbit Homes contacted Turfdry to design & construct a new sports pitch as part of the estate. Turfdry provided a full 'design & build' package for the pitch, which included a semi-automatic irrigation system, and the unique Turfdry Drainage System using Hydraway Sportsdrain.
2016 saw Turfdry take on its largest single project to date: the transformation of fields adjacent to the prestigious Concord College in Shrewsbury into top class sports and leisure facilities, including pitches, an athletics track, and subtly landscaped surrounds to provide a visually attractive aesthetic that fits with the school's heritage as well as the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside.
Following successful works at Enfield Golf Club in 2014 and 2015, Turfdry was delighted to be invited back to the club for further drainage works in spring 2017.Impressed by the superb performance of the Turfdry Greens Drainage System using Hydraway Sportsdrain since its initial installation on the course in 2014 as part of a flood mitigation scheme, the Golf Club has sought to expand drainage improvements across the course to help provide an optimal golfing experience for its members year-round.
Turfdry’s expertise in sports pitch construction was recently called upon by Riley Developments for a sports pitch design & construction project in Great Harwood, Lancashire. With a new housing development being constructed on the site of Great Harwood Rovers FC’s existing pitches, Riley Developments contacted Turfdry to deliver the superlative natural grass sports facilities for which it is increasingly known.
Spurred by the rise in residential flooding due to the dramatic rain events of the winter of 2013-14, Enfield Council sought to construct a flood barrier to the east of Firs Farm Park. In fitting with the Council’s holistic design philosophy, this project was combined with the restoration of a river that formerly ran through the park but had been diverted into an underground culvert decades ago - the resulting spoil from the excavation of the river being used to form the barrier.
Following the design and construction of a new sports pitch for Orbit Homes - the UK's second largest housing association developer - on the site of their new 'Aspire' housing development in Bedford, Turfdry was delighted to receive an invitation to the facility’s grand opening event attended by Dave Hodgson, the Mayor of Bedford.
As part of its mission of building communities, not just new housing developments, Orbit Homes wanted to incorporate a new full-sized football pitch into its development at Norse Road, Bedford and decided at the outset that it needed to employ a sports turf ‘design and build’ specialist to ensure that the quality of the football pitch matched the quality of its new homes.
Concord College, in the heart of the beautiful Shropshire countryside, is a prestigious institution committed to providing its pupils with the finest education; given the firm’s exemplary record of delivering carefully considered and impeccably executed ‘Design & Build’ projects, Turfdry was a natural choice for the School’s ambitions for a new series of sports pitches.
The wet winter of 2015/16 took a hard toll on the rugby pitches at Exhibition Fields, owned by Exeter County Council, but also the home of Exeter Saracens RUFC. The 2nd XV pitch and adjacent training areas were unusable throughout the winter and were difficult to walk on - never mind play competitive sport.
Following substantial investment in East London’s sporting amenities in the build-up to the 2012 Olympics, Mayesbrook Park offers a wide range of sports facilities to local residents and teams. However, the infield of the Jim Peters track & field Stadium – one of the venues for the Invicus games, supported by Prince Harry, and which also sees football usage during the winter months – remained an uneven and often waterlogged surface.
Nestled in the heart of the Peak District, Glenbrook Outdoor Activity Centre provides a haven of activity for Girlguiding UK, with groups regularly using its extensive residential facilities and camping fields for weekends of outdoor pursuits. Unfortunately however, the area's picturesque beauty is often offset by heavy rainfall, which has been rendering the site a muddy bog when faced with campers and Girlguides, limiting the facility's utility.
With a heritage stretching back to the 14th century, Dyrham Park Country Club seeks to provide nothing short of excellence for its members, boasting a course designed by C.K. Cotton, and ranked by Top 100 Golf Courses. Given this desire to offer top quality golf, the continued issues with standing water on a number of the course’s greens have proven increasingly intolerable to members and greens staff alike.
Following the successful installation of the Turfdry Drainage System using Hydraway Sportsdrain on a further 6 greens at Enfield Golf Club, Turfdry was delighted to sponsor one of the tees for club’s recent hosting of the Jamega Pro Golf Tour.
Following the tremendous success of Turfdry's work at Firs Farm Park in Enfield last year - which saw the restoration of a watercourse that had previously been diverted underground, and the construction of a flood barrier - Turfdry's work constructing wetlands and performing playing field improvements at the nearby Pymmes Park in Edmonton has gone well.
Delighted with the effectiveness demonstrated over the winter by the comprehensive Turfdry Drainage System using Hydraway Sportsdrain installed on all 18 fairways of its South Course in 2014, The Rayleigh Club re-engaged Turfdry in 2015 to design and implement drainage improvements to the East Course, and expand the earthworks elements on the South Course.
Following a rigorous period of post-construction care and maintenance, to bring the facilities into prime condition for use, Turfdry was delighted to officially handover the brand new sports pitches constructed for Stoke-on-Trent City Council in 2014.
Following the tremendous success of Turfdry’s work at Firs Farm Park in Enfield last year - which saw the restoration of a watercourse that had previously been diverted underground, and the construction of a flood barrier - Turfdry has again been contracted by Enfield Council, this time to construct wetlands and undertake playing field improvements at Pymmes Park, Edmonton.
Turfdry was recently contacted by the historic Chelsea Physic Garden - the oldest botanic garden in the capital, under Grade 1 Listed protection and beneficiary of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales - which seeks to demonstrate the medicinal, economic, cultural and environmental significance of plants to humankind.
As part of Turfdry's football pitch 'Design & Build' project for Stoke-on-Trent City Council at Abbey Lane, S-O-T, an independent site assessment visit was made by the Institute of Groundsmanship's Regional Advisor for the West Midlands, Kevin Duffill on 10th June 2015, to check on the ongoing establishment of the pitches, which are due for handover to the client in August 2015.
Turfdry carried out successful works at Enfield Golf Club in 2014, installing a flood mitigation scheme designed to return the course to play as quickly as possible following flood conditions brought about by the Environment Agency’s construction of a residential flood barrier at the eastern boundary of the course.
Last year, Turfdry installed a comprehgensive remediation scheme as part of the Salmon's Brook Flood Attenuation Scheme (FAS) at Enfield Golf Club, where the Environment Agency had constructed a substantial flood defence structure to protect against residential flooding in the area - at the cost of transforming the golf course into a flood plain.
Great Barr Golf Club, Birmingham - one of Turfdry's many satisfied UK golf course clients - has brought the firm in again to resolve drainage issues on the 464 yard Par 5 opening hole. The landing area for the second shot has been a long-term drainage problem despite several unsuccessful attempts to find a solution.
Continuing its strong working relationship with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Turfdry has completed the construction phase of the new sports pitches adjacent to Hanley Town F.C., on Abbey Lane, Abbey Hulton.
Continuing the progression of the Passmores Acadmey playing field from a twisted, poorly draining patch of land into top quality sports facilities, Turfdry recently visited the site to carry out further maintenance in the form of a 'cut and collect'.
A recent site visit to Passmores Academy - where comprehensive earthworks and the installation of the Turfdry Drainage System using Hydraway Sportsdrain transformed the school's formerly 'twisted' and poorly draining field into sports facilities to be proud of - revealed that the sward establishment has progressed well since the seeding in May.
Turfdry was met recently with the good fortune to be contacted by John Heyworth - Chairman of Aspatria RUFC and IOG Vitax Supaturf Volunteer Groundsman of the Year 2013. Following the successful installation of The Turfdry Drainage System using Hydraway Sportsdrain on Aspatria's 2nd XV pitch, John has been full of praise for its effectiveness, describing the system as "a reveation".
In addition to their largest drainage project to date - the comprehensive installation of The Turfdry Drainage System using Hydraway Sportsdrain on all 18 holes of The Rayleigh Club's championship standard South Course - Turfdry is also constructing a number of new ponds, in addition to making modifications to existing water features to maintain a uniformly quality aesthetic across the course.
As part of Enfield Council's drive to make environmental improvements to the local area, Turfdry has begun work on a river restoration project at Firs Farm Playing Fields. Won on competitive tender, the works will see the excavation of a watercourse that stretches between the north-west and north-east corners of the park, and will carry the water that has - for the past fifty years or so - been diverted into an underground culvert.
Although the weather is treating us to a little more sunshine before the summer's out, the members of Enfield Golf Club will be pleased that Turfdry have completed work on phase 1 of their flood mitigation scheme, which has been carried out in conjunction with the Environment Agency and Enfield Borough Council.
With their current work at The Rayleigh Club being the Turfdry team's largest drainage project to date, they have been pulling out all of the stops to keep up the excellent rate of progress already set. Keen to balance the demands of such a substantial installation with the day-to-day activities of the golf club, along with the other Turfdry projects up and down the country, the team worked into the night to complete trenching the 100mm plastic pipe mains on the 3rd and 4th holes of the Rayleigh Club's championship South Course.
The Turfdry team are currently enjoying the scenic surrounds of The Rayleigh Club, Essex, where they have begun work on their largest and most ambitious drainage project yet: a comprehensive installation of the Turfdry Drainage System using Hydraway Sportsdrain on all 18 fairways of the championship standard South Course.
Turfdry's work at the under construction Beardall Fields Primary School in Nottinghamshire is coming to a close, with the extensive earthworks and installation of a Turfdry Drainage System using Hydraway Sportsdrain completed.
Whilst the typically patchy weather of British summertime delayed the seeding and cultivation work at Passmores Academy, the recent stretch of dry weather has provided the perfect opportunity to seed the re-levelled playing field following completion of the earthworks, and the installation of a Turfdry Drainage System with Hydraway Sportsdrain at 5-metre centres, in early May.
Working for Galliford Try and Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Turfdry is currently working on the construction of three football pitches – a senior, junior, and miniature pitch – on land adjacent to the existing pitch used by Hanley Town FC.
With the wettest winter on record now firmly fading into memory, Turfdry has been able to return to Passmores Academy - seen above before Turfdry's work began - and resume work on the sports facilities, which was interrupted last year by the weather.
Turfdry has begun work at Enfield Golf Club as part of a broader flood prevention and mitigation scheme in conjunction with the Environment Agency and Enfield Borough Council.Following the dramatic upturn in major weather events experienced nationwide in recent years, the Environment Agency is constructing a barrier to protect homes in the local area from flooding.
To keep up with rising demand for school places, Beardall Fields Primary School in Nottinghamshire will move to brand new facilities in time for the start of the new school year. In keeping with the sleek, modern design of the school itself – currently under construction by Kier Group – Turfdry has again been contracted to provide top class sports facilities, following the success of a similar project for Nottinghamshire County Council at Candleby Lane School, Cotgrave in 2008.