Summer Fields School

Oxford



By working closely with both the School and the lead Consultant throughout the tendering process, the company was able to provide the most cost effective submission and provide the School with a number of construction options, which was not offered by the other companies tendering.

White Horse Contractors were appointed by Summer Fields Preparatory School in January 2011 to provide significantly improved sporting facilities that can be used throughout the year.

We redeveloped a number of existing tennis courts into a 53m x 43m artificial sports pitch using Tiger Turf Evolution sand dressed carpet, alongside two LTA approved all weather tennis courts. The new artificial sports pitch is a first of its kind at Summer Fields School and will provide a purpose built hockey facility, which can also be used for tennis coaching and competition throughout the summer.

After commencing work on site it quickly became apparent that the proposed drainage outfall was not going to be appropriate. To combat this potential problem, White Horse Contractors in-house design and survey team created an innovative outfall solution which feeds a newly constructed pond adjacent to the new sports facilities. This drainage solution will ensure that the facilities will not flood and can be used even in times of heavy rainfall when play was previously impossible.



In addition to the main works, WHC developed:

  • A water feature and wildlife area
  • All weather long jump and triple jump facilities
  • Discus and hammer throws area and cage
  • 5no. bay cricket nets complete with artificial batting and bowling ends
  • Irrigation point to main cricket square

Fact file

Project: Development of sports facilities including soft landscaping and water feature
Client: Summer Fields School
Design: White Horse Contractors Limited
Contract Value: 325k

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