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Needlepunch Playground Installation

10 April 2015

As specialist sports and play surfacing contractors, Soft Surfaces Ltd are often approached by schools and public sports facilities to carry out needlepunch playground construction projects. A primary school in Kilmarnock recently enquired to replace their existing playing surface with a brand new synthetic needlepunch facility which could be used for a number of different activities.

Building the Synthetic Play Surface

The synthetic turf surfacing used in a needlepunch playground construction is made up of a fibre bonded artificial carpet which has a curly yarn to improve the stability and playing characteristics. Needlepunch synthetic turf can be installed in different coloured designs and is ideal for multi use games areas and even athletics tracks. The soft, impact absorbing turf is ideal for use in primary schools where younger children are using the facility as it reduces the risk of injury from trips and falls. Soft Surfaces used the best specification of needlepunch synthetic turf to create excellent playing qualities and a durable surface which will last a long time.

The needlepunch playground construction began by excavating the existing area to the required depth and then installing a specialist sports sub base. This dynamic sub base was made up of porous angular stones which fit together to create a strong foundation but still allow water to drain through the gaps. After the sub base layer was compacted and stabilised, the needlepunch surfacing itself was laid out on top. The carpet was rolled out in separate pieces and joined each piece together at the seams and the edges with a specialised sport pitch glue to hold it in place. The school chose to have their playing surface installed in green with red around the perimeter.

The Completed Project

Once the surfacing had been installed for the needlepunch playground construction, a layer of silica sand was applied within the woven fibres of the carpet pile. This sand infill helps to improve the performance qualities of the surfacing and gives a more stable playing surface for a variety of activities. The final product was a multipurpose needlepunch playground which can now be used by the school for football, hockey, tennis and general multi sports and play activities. The school’s staff and students are very pleased with their new synthetic sports facility and are looking forward to using it during PE lessons, break times and in extracurricular clubs.

If your school or club is interested in a needlepunch playground construction, please get in touch with Soft Surfaces Ltd to discuss specifications and prices for your project. You can visit soft surfaces website to find out about all of the sports and play surfacing products that can be installed and the other services that are available. The company have a great deal of experience in the installation and maintenance of playground surfacing and sports facilities and the team would be happy to offer you professional advice for any questions you have in regards to these surfaces.

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