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Culcheth High School is very fortunate to have a full-sized astro turf which was installed in 2004 at a cost of £393,000. The facility is used by the school and also the community at large via Livewire’s evening and weekend booking system.

Twelve years on and the astro turf is showing signs of fibre contamination and sand infill compaction which is adversely affecting drainage and ultimately use of the facility. Six companies were approached to provide a complete rejuvenation of the facility and an ongoing maintenance regime of six visits per annum which will be on top of the fortnightly drag brushing which is carried out by Warrington Borough Council’s Grounds maintenance team.

The works will comprise of removing 80 tonnes of sand infill and replacing with new sand, taking down 351m of old fencing and replacing with new security fencing and installing surface water drainage between the adjacent Multi Use Games Area
(MUGA) and the astro turf, at a total cost of £70,000.

To maximise the life expectancy of the astro turf, a five-year re-vitalisation contract will be in place which will consist of six
visits per year where the surface will be scarified and the top 8mm of sand extracted and filtered to remove contamination. Given the condition of the astro turf and the planned rejuvenation along with the annual contract for revitalisation, it’s anticipated the astro turf will be in good condition and in constant use for at least the next ten years.

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