Shepparton Sports Precinct

Victoria, Australia

  • Location: Shepparton VIC
  • Area: 7,200m2
  • Stabilising Infill: Sand Dressed Base
  • Drainage: Vertically
  • Sport: FIH National Level Hockey
  • Surface: Tuff HF13 ‘HYBRID’
  • Construction: Graded Aggregate
  • Completion Date: 27th May 2015

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  • This turf installation meets the strict manufacturing and installation standards set by the International Hockey Federation, the world’s leading hockey authority. This installation is certified by a Certificate of Field Performance.

  • International Hockey Federation

The Greater Shepparton City Council is well underway with its $21M investment into the redevelopment of the new sporting hub for the Goulburn Valley Region.

Tuff Turf’s involvement in the redevelopment, has contributed greatly to the successful delivery of the facility for the Shepparton community.

Having already completed the Design & Construction of 2 synthetic grass playing fields and the 3rd all-weather sporting surface well underway, Tuff Turf would consider this as one of the great success stories of the industry.

The first synthetic hockey pitch for the facility was completed in May of 2015, at the home of the Goulburn Valley Hockey Association.

The construction demonstrated to the community the value of investment in an effort to drive greater participation in regional sport.

Tuff Turf was challenged with poor performing sub-grade issues that required a thought out methodology as part of the design solution. The design, which incorporated the use of alternative stabilisation techniques, saved Council tens of thousands of dollars on the overall construction costs. This technique was a winner with Council as it also promoted a large carbon offset compared to traditional methods for soil stabilisation.

The Goulburn Valley Hockey Club is now playing on the new HF13 Hybrid synthetic grass system. The sand dressed surface offers superior comfort to players and fantastic ball speed, all of which are winners when asking the professionals. The new HF13 Hybrid synthetic surface has been tested and certified to the National requirements of FIH.

Design & Construction

Stage two of Tuff Turf’s involvement was the Design & Construction of a synthetic Multi Use field. The project brief included the supply & installation of an FIH Class 2 lighting system, bulk earthworks, and stabilisation of the sub-grade, fencing, drainage, concrete works and the installation of a multi-use synthetic sporting surface.

Council’s decision to replace the existing natural grass footprint with a synthetic grass surface was to meet the high demands of growing participation in sport within the region.

The brief was specific with regards to the type of surface required for this facility as it was to be used for hockey and also a training venue for football.

A performance playing surface that is highly durable, withstand heavy demand and a true multi-sport facility that will exceed player expectations.

With, in excess of 500mm of rain falling throughout the build of this project there were more than the simple challenges of building a synthetic playing field. Shepparton’s high water table became problematic at times, but the dedication and commitment of our project teams saw the project completed on budget in October of 2016.

The multi-use surface has been tested and certified to the National requirements of FIH.

With the final stages of the redevelopment well underway Tuff Turf take on the new challenge of the Design & Construction of an IAAF approved running track surface. Tuff Turf in conjunction with Conica, will provide an IAAF standard athletics track comprising of the Conica Conipur SP system.

Again with problematic sub-grade issues, Tuff Turf found the answer to keeping the costs associated with the removal of vast amounts of material to a minimum. With the use of MapeSoil 100 to stabilise the sub-grade, Tuff Turf found the answer to over coming this problematic site. The use of the Mapei stabilising product meant that there was a 75% reduction in waste soil removal from site.

Being the first of its kind in Australia, Tuff Turf took on the alternate treatment process after months of geotechnical testing which gave them the security of achieving the results required for the perfect sub-grade.

The construction of the athletics facility comprised of the excavation and removal of more than 6,000m3 of material, stabilisation of the problematic sub-grade, concrete edging, drainage works, crushed rock pavement, asphalt base and the Conica Conipur SP track system.

Quality being the key to a successful outcome, Tuff Turf’s project management and installation teams continue to set new standards within a fast growing industry.

The Greater Shepparton City Council’s athletics facility will offer its community an athletics track suited to all levels, from training through to competition, in all weather.

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