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12 July 2002CONIPUR M and Conipur ISP Sprint, athletics surfaces from Conica Technik, have been chosen for several prestigious tracks in Europe against stiff oposition. Conipur ISP Sprint, a “sandwich-type” surfacing system, has been chosen by Birmingham City Council, Sport England and UK Athletics for the National Indoor Training Centre at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. The surface will be installed during the autumn this year, as part of a £2.5 million scheme, largely financed by a grant from the Lottery Sports Fund.
11 July 2002The Charles Lawrence Surfaces team of Nigel Allen and Kenny Abbott fought off tough competition to win The SAPCA Open 2002, the Association’s annual golf tournament, which took place at The Warwickshire Club recently. A total of 26 golfers from across the industry took part in this year’s event, and enjoyed a splendid day, bathed in uninterrupted sunshine, at one of the Midlands’ premier golf venues.
24 June 2002Artificial grass manufacturer Tiger AG was awarded the prize for the best exhibition stand at SAPCA’s Sports Facility Construction event in Cheltenham last week. The Tiger AG team is pictured receiving its prize - a magnum of champagne - from Nick Lockwood, Sport England’s Senior Development Manager in the South West Region.
13 June 2002SAPCA and UK Athletics have published a joint Code of Practice for track construction and maintenance. The Sports and Play Contractors’ Association, SAPCA, has worked increasingly closely with UK Athletics, to assist the sports governing body in its work to improve the standards of track facilities across the country. The two organisations have co-operated in presenting seminars for facility operators on track construction, maintenance and management, by running workshops for UKA’s track assessors, and in agreeing the UK input into the proposed European Standards for track surfaces. The latest result of this collaboration is the new Code of Practice for the Construction and Maintenance of Athletics Tracks with Synthetic Surfaces, which has been produced as a joint publication. The Code of Practice is a comprehensive new standard for the UK track market, and is based on practical experience and knowledge gained over many years.
05 June 2002GTC Sports Ltd is proud to be associated with the Commonwealth Games through the supply and installation of athletics equipment, at both the Boggarts Hole Clough and Wythenshawe Park tracks, in Manchester. The refurbishment of the two facilities includes the installation of new aluminium throwing cages (IAAF Certified) and ground circles, which are fitted with specialist ground anchor points for wheelchair users. GTC’s sister company, G Thornton (Contracts) Ltd, has undertaken the works associated with the track refurbishments.
30 May 2002Members of Middlesborough Roller Hockey Club are delighted with their new smooth and even playing surface supplied by Tarmac Limited. The challenge was to deliver economically a new 950m² roller skating rink in Albert Park by overlaying the original, terrazzo-tiled, concrete surface with a durable, smooth, joint-less system.
30 May 2002The new Vice-Chairman of the Sports and Play Contractors’ Association, SAPCA, is Nigel Allen, having been elected at the Association’s Fifth Annual General Meeting. Allen, 46, is the Managing Director of Charles Lawrence Group Plc based in Newark, Nottinghamshire.
30 May 2002At the Fifth Annual General Meeting of the Sports and Play Contractors’ Association, held yesterday, the membership enthusiastically endorsed the Strategy Review unveiled by SAPCA’s Board of Directors.
27 May 2002Stadia Sports has developed a new Aluminium Folding Euro Goal designed to meet the needs of sports facilities with synthetic pitches in the UK. The folding goal has been specifically designed for synthetic surfaces.
20 May 2002The UK-based company and SAPCA member Sports Labs, has recently been approved as a Full Scientific Body Member of the International Association for Sports Surface Sciences, ISSS.
15 May 2002Multi-disciplinary construction group "ERDC", whose Sports Division is based in Sale, has won the contract to install what the Company describes as its "revolutionary Fieldturf synthetic surface" at the Leeds United Football Club Training Academy. ERDC is the UK licensee for Fieldturf, which they say is "acknowledged as the market leader in new generation synthetic surfaces." The new contract at Leeds follows the completion of three new training ground installations at Fulham, Liverpool and Charlton Athletic Football Clubs.
09 May 2002Blakedown Sport and Play, recently completed the construction of a multi-sports area for Crosfields School in Reading.
09 May 2002Blakedown have purchased additional plant and equipment designed specifically for the construction of sports surfaces.
07 May 2002Golf clubs across England stand to benefit from free environmental management advice thanks to an innovative scheme to be launched this summer. The English Golf Union and the government’s wildlife advisers, English Nature, have provided joint funding for this new scheme, to be delivered by STRI, the golf industry’s independent advisory and research specialists. An additional ecologist will be employed to work under the guidance of Bob Taylor, STRI’s Senior Ecologist, now well established in golf course ecology circles.
01 May 2002Duracourt's policy of offering a wide choice of top quality branded surfaces has helped land a prestigious contract to install twelve tennis courts with four different surfaces at the new Virgin Active tennis centre in Acton. Duracourt has started work on 4 Porous Kushion KourtTM free draining acrylic courts, 3 Porous Klay KourtTM synthetic clay courts, 3 TigerTurf® sand-filled grass courts, and 2 DuraporeTM multi-use macadam courts all of which are due for completion this summer. Porous Kushion KourtTM and Porous Klay KourtTM were selected because Virgin Active specified 12-month playability and these specialised acrylic and clay surfaces from The Duracourt Collection uniquely allow this. Virgin Active's choice of Duracourt was also influenced by the successful construction in 2001 of fifteen courts and multi-use areas with a similar mix of surfaces at the nearby Westway Centre for the Kensington Amenity Trust, which despite difficult site constraints, was completed on time and within budget.
30 April 2002The XVII Commonwealth Games in July this year are set to be the biggest sporting event on British soil this decade.
12 April 2002Blakedown Landscapes Ltd have appointed Jonathan Salem, a graduate from Writtle College in Chelmsford, Essex, as Contracts Manager within their Midlands regional office. Throughout the three years that Jonathan has been with the company he has successfully completed many soft landscaping projects, most notably a prestigious office development in Worcester.
29 March 2002The rapid increase in size and stature of SAPCA’s Annual Conference, held in March at Le Meridien Hotel near Warwick, reflected the continuing growth of the Association and the value of the event to the industry, with over 200 delegates attending over the two days.
11 March 2002This year there were two winners of the Blakedown Landscapes Ltd 2001 “Craftsman of the Year Award”.
26 February 2002Tiger AG Ltd the synthetic sports surface producer has recently appointed Carly Baker as Marketing Manager at its Head Office in Kidderminster. Since the launch of the company last year, Tiger AG claims to be one of the largest dedicated artificial grass manufacturers in Europe and that in its first year has captured a huge share of the UK’s sport and leisure market for artificial surfaces. With increasing demand and a growing interest generated in the company, Tiger AG required a dedicated marketer to join the team. Carly, who has previously worked in marketing for Tarmac Ltd.