The following are a selection of current and recent Projects for which Sports Ground Design has provided Consultancy Services

University of Leeds Closed Road Cycle Track

A 1.6km closed road cycle track was designed for the University’s playing field site adjacent to the Leeds Ring Road. The site, now known as The Brownlee Centre, in honour of the World and Olympic Champions, who train at the venue, was developed with British Cycling and British Triathlon. The track is open for Community use and has proved to be very popular for all levels of cycle training and competition. It is now a major centre for cycle based sports, with lighting throughout its length, a pits area, adjacent pavilion with cycle workshop and a cycle store.

The Project stretches across the area of the former Bodington Playing Fields and three winter games pitches were constructed to compensate for those lost to the Project. Sports Ground Design developed the design for the track from a brief from British Cycling, and integrated the new football pitches into the scheme. The track includes a stadium section measuring one third of a kilometre and crossover sections, so the track can be divided into sections for multiple coaching groups.

Earthworks underway
Base course macadam laid
The long uphill climb on the completed track


The bridge to provide access to the pits area and the winter games pitches was originally installed at the Olympic Park in London for the 2012 Olympic Games


Cundall Manor School Synthetic Grass Hockey Pitch

On a site restricted for space, the School required a synthetic grass hockey pitch, which was installed with perimeter fencing. This sequence of photographs show the layers of materials being laid.

Initial stripping of topsoil
Installation of perimeter kerbs and drains
Laying of stone base


Spectator fence
Macadam base and rubber shockpad
Carpet fitting with inset lines


University College School

The College playing fields are being re-modelled to improve the evenness of the grass surfaces. Cricket squares are being re-built and new synthetic grass practice nets are being provided. For athletics, new throwing circles for shot and discus and a new long/triple jump facility are being provided.

University College School Aerial View – Picture courtesy of Gary Plummer, Agripower Ltd

Liverpool Hope University

The existing hockey pitch was resurfaced with a new macadam base, insitu rubber shockpad and sand dressed carpet. The original fence was removed and a new twin bar clad fence was erected.

Rolling the base
Fencing being erected
Completed pitch


The Hall School Playground

The old playground surface was tired and a new surface was required for the Schools's younger pupils. Different coloured carpets are used to denote differing play zones. The sand dressed carpet was laid over the existing polymeric/rubber based surface, to conserve its shock absorbing quality.

The areas beneath play equipment have additional depths of underlay to meet the critical fall height requirements. A mini football pitch is included completed with halfway line and penalty spots.

Mini football pitch
Play area
Play area


Middlesborough Sports Village

Extensive facilities were developed at the new Sports Village. Sports Ground Design prepared the design for the new IAAF compliant Athletics Stadium, football courts and 3G pitch for rugby and football.

Athletics Stadium with field events' facilities

Four small sided football pitches
Dual use rugby/football 3G pitch


University of Leeds Hockey Pitch

An existing sand dressed hockey pitch was re-developed to provide an FIH Global Standard water based pitch with automatic irrigation and upgraded floodlighting.

Shock pad installation
Floodlit completed pitch


York St John University Sports Park

As part of the University’s sports development programme, a new Sports Hub was established on the former Rowntree’s sports grounds. Sports Ground Design prepared proposals for extensive facilities, including a 3G rugby/football pitch, a sand dressed hockey pitch, six tennis and netball courts and over 60,000 sq.m. of upgraded natural grass areas for winter games pitches.

Secondary drainage in progress
Secondary drainage completed
Pitches ready for play


Completed synthetic surfaced sports facilities - York St John University Sports Park


Portsmouth University Langstone Sports Ground

Having resurfaced the Hockey pitch at the site, the University’s need for additional sports facilities was addressed by the construction of a new 3G Football/Rugby Pitch, together with the upgrading of Multisports Courts and the 1st XI natural grass Football Pitch. Soil stripped from the footprint of the new 3G pitch was used to level the existing, uneven football pitch and a new drainage system was installed. The soil was ameliorated and a new sward developed. Finally a spectator rail was installed to the perimeter. The upgrading of the natural grass football pitch used soil from the synthetic pitch construction, negating the need for disposal off site. This saved considerable cost, as well are reducing traffic and the consequential environmental impact of the works.

The existing multiuse games areas were re-fenced with inbuilt goals and two of the four were surfaced with synthetic grass for tennis, netball and 5-a-side football. The remaining two courts were spray coated to add colour and provide surfaces for tennis and netball.

Hockey pitch carpet laying
Portsmouth University MUGA
Portsmouth University MUGA recessed goal


Portsmouth University Hockey Pitch
Portsmouth University 3G Rugby and Football Pitch
Teams’ Equipment Storage Lockers


Portsmouth University Langstone Campus Sports Ground


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