Manchester Uni opens new synthetic turf pitches

SIS Pitches completes record-breaking project at The University of Manchester 

The University of Manchester has opened four new synthetic turf pitches at its Fallowfield campus.

Completed for handover by SIS Pitches – recent winners of the Award for Excellence at the annual Sport and Play Construction Association (SAPCA) Awards this month – the 42-week project is not only a record-breaking first as the UK’s biggest single new build project, but marks the first £2 million plus Framework project for SIS Pitches.

The revamped site features one rugby, one football and two hockey pitches totalling over 30,000m2, with associated landscape works including new fencing and floodlighting for all four pitches.

The first pitch to be completed was the football field featuring SISTurf Superior 60, followed by the rugby field using SISTurf Scrummager 60 shortly after. The final two pitches for hockey feature the SISTurf Pro Hockey systems.Â

All four fields have been tested in accordance with Framework requirements at key stages by the world-renowned testing laboratory, Labosport, then again upon completion to the appropriate governing body standards.Â

Alongside students and local teams for training and fixtures, the first-class playing surfaces will be accessible for the wider Manchester community and sports clubs from across the country

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