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SudsSports delivers a long-awaited sports facility for Malton School

Posted: Monday 28th March 2011

An innovative new sustainable drainage system developed by Thornton Sports has enabled the construction of a synthetic grass sports pitch at Malton School in North Yorkshire.

The school’s new 3rd-generation sports pitch, officially opened on 1st February, has been built on a site facing significant drainage issues and environmental considerations. The SudsSports system, patented by sports surfaces company Thornton Sports, incorporates a lightweight, modular, interlocking plastic unit storage system within the sub-base layer of a pitch. Designed for use as a drainage component and sub-base replacement system, it provides a sustainable and cost effective combined sports surface and water management system for problem sites such as these.

The SudsSports units made from recycled, recyclable and reuseable materials provide a 95% factory formed void ratio, allowing shallow attenuation, infiltration and drainage. The units can be installed as a blanket layer underneath a pitch, or, as in the case of Malton School, as SudsSports conduits, to provide a ‘zero-discharge’ flood prevention solution.

Information derived from percolation tests conducted at the project onset was used by Thornton Sports to tailor the system specifically to the site’s requirements, in conjunction with partners The Environmental Protection Group, SEL Environmental and Permavoid. Since the project’s completion the drainage system has performed excellently, and the pupils of Malton School along with the local community, look forward to being able to use their new, long awaited sports pitch facility.

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