Artificial Sports Surfaces
TGMS Ltd are specialists in the design, specification and project management for the construction of artificial sports surfaces. We are a completely independent consultancy practice which allows us to select the most appropriate surface, fencing, lighting and drainage depending on the customer’s usage needs and budgetary constraints.
We normally structure our service into discrete stages, although we are entirely flexible depending on our customer’s requirements:
We normally structure our services into discreet stages, although we are entirely flexible depending on our clients requirements.
Typically there would be 7 Keys Stages, although interim testing may be required.
1. Inspection of the formation surface
2. Inspection of the stone foundation
3. Inspection of the dynamic or engineered base
4. Inspection of the shockpad installation
5. Inspection of the carpet installation
6. Infill installation, inspection of the fencing and final snagging
7. Sign-off of snagging list at or prior to handover
A range of tests are carried out, including dynamic cone assessment to ascertain the formation surface CBR (California Bearing Ratio), lightweight deflectometer to assess surface stiffness, surface levels (depth of material), surface evenness, infiltration rate and all materials used will be assessed for compliance.
For a full breakdown of all the testing at each Key Stage, click here to open a pdf.
See our artificial sports surfaces case studies for further information.
PQS Performance Testing
The sports governing bodies (e.g. Sport England) have developed a range of performance quality standard (PQS) assessments for artificial playing surfaces that provide a benchmark for the minimum acceptable standard for:
- Infiltration rate (i.e. surface drainage rate)
- Gradient along and across the direction of play
- Surface evenness
- Surface hardness
- Ball rebound resilience
- Ball roll
PQS assessments form part of the contract management for “new-builds” to demonstrate compliance with the specifications and the criteria stipulated by sports governing bodies such as Sport England, England Rugby, English Hockey Association and The Football Association.
TGMS are able to undertake the full range of Performance Quality Standard assessments. The results from these are provided to the Client in a written report together with recommendations to address any areas where the facility may fail to meet the basic standards.