Natural Turf Sports Surfaces

TGMS Ltd are one of the country’s leading consultancy practices specialising in the design, specification and project management for the construction of natural turf sports surfaces.

We normally structure our service into discrete stages, although we are entirely flexible depending on our customer’s requirements:

Project Stages

We normally structure our services into discreet stages, although we are entirely flexible depending on our clients requirements.

The overall aim of this stage is to provide the customer with sufficient information such that a detailed project plan can be developed. Very often, our feasibility reports are used as the basis for attracting funding (e.g. from The Football Foundation) or obtaining outline planning consents for developments. The feasibility study normally comprises a topographic survey, geophysical (soil) survey, site technical appraisal (excavation of test pits, removal of soil samples for laboratory analysis etc), production of outline development/construction options, indicative cost estimates for the development options and an indicative work programme for the construction phase.

PQS Performance Testing

The sports governing bodies (e.g. Sport England) have developed a range of performance quality standard (PQS) assessments for natural turf playing surfaces that provide a benchmark for the minimum acceptable standard for:

  • Ground cover (desirable grass species)
  • Presence of pests, diseases and weeds
  • Grass rooting depth
  • Thatch (partially decayed organic material) depth
  • Stone content
  • Infiltration rate (i.e. surface drainage rate)
  • Gradient along and across the direction of play
  • Surface evenness
  • Surface hardness
  • Traction
  • Ball rebound resilience
  • Ball roll

The methods for each of these tests are described in the British Standards (BS 7370:P3 and BS7044:P2).

Very often, PQS assessments are undertaken prior to and following remediation works to objectively demonstrate the improvement in the facility.  In addition, these can also 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 and The Football Association.

TGMS are able to undertake the full range of Performance Quality Standard assessments according to the methodologies provided in the British Standards.  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.

For more information feel free to phone us on 01525 307060 or email via our online contact system