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Triple Tennis Court Resurfacing Completed to LTA Standards for Exeter City Council
Serving a core population of 129,800 residents, Exeter City Council has recently announced the promotion of active and healthy lifestyles to be one of its core strategic aims for the years 2018 to 2021. The upkeep of its public sporting facilities is essential to this strategy – so when ETC Sports Surfaces was approached to deliver tennis court resurfacing across three of Exeter’s Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) registered tennis courts, we were delighted to get involved. This is the second resurfacing project we have completed for the client and, for us, there is no greater endorsement of our work than a happy client returning to us time and again.
The council is rightly proud of its sporting facilities – not least those at Cowick Barton Playing Fields, which offer pitches for footballers of all ages, half court basketball plus a full-sized bowling green, in addition to the three tennis court surfaces that required our attention.
Our task was to deliver tennis court resurfacing to LTA standards, which include the responsibility of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all members and players. Maintenance and renewal of the playing fields’ all weather surfaces is therefore essential to provide safe, slip-free and high performance play for beginners, amateurs and serious tennis enthusiasts alike.
Future-Proofing Exeter’s Tennis Court Surfaces for the Next Generation
Exeter City Council required resurfacing works that would rejuvenate the site’s three courts and ensure optimum performance for years to come. We worked with Project Manager and Associate Engineer for the Council, Chris Pellowe, to select a porous asphalt surfacing solution (also known as a Macadam tennis court), supplied by Aggregate Industries. This form of tennis court resurfacing is ideal for public courts servicing heavy play all year round. It is free draining, resistant to scuffing and softening, and fully compliant with LTA as well as SAPCA requirements. What’s more, the surface can be finished with a variety of colours and markings to suit the client’s preferences.
The works began on the 21st May 2018, with the new asphalt fully laid by the 19th June. The tennis court surfaces were then resprayed towards the end of July. Given the exceptional heatwave that Britain experienced this summer, we were proud to be able to keep the project on track whilst ensuring that the surfaces were laid and sprayed to our exacting standards and did not suffer from any softening in the heat.
Tennis court maintenance was an essential consideration as well, especially during the hot weather – so we took great care to advise Exeter City Council on the right aftercare to preserve the new Macadam tennis courts during future weather conditions. Porous asphalt surfaces are a great choice for public bodies such as county councils, whose budgets and resources are typically stretched. That’s because they require minimal maintenance during the year, and the maintenance that they do require can be provided by a contractor like ETC Sports Surfaces with very little disruption and for a cost-effective price.
Delivering Macadam Tennis Courts to Exacting Client Expectations
Despite the challenging weather conditions, Chris has confirmed that the Council is extremely pleased not just with the new tennis court surfaces, but also with our project management skills in delivering on time and within budget. “Exeter City Council is more than happy with the three tennis courts at Cowick Barton that were re-laid and resprayed by ETC Sports Surfaces,” he confirms. “The work ran to schedule despite the unusually hot weather conditions, and we were kept in the loop from start to finish by ETC`s site supervisors. In particular, we are very pleased with the courts’ finished levels and markings, and we greatly appreciate the after sales information on the potential effects of weather conditions on the new surfaces.”
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