Glasgow Housing Association - Corkerhill

Background

An overgrown blaes pitch in Corkerhill, which had become rundown and unused, was to be transformed into a synthetic sporting field with changing rooms and floodlights. The pitch and facilities were to be primarily used by Pollock United Soccer Academy who work with around 230 boys & girls from across the South Side of Glasgow. The development would also benefit the wider community and be open to the public and free for local young people from the surrounding Mosspark and Pollock areas.

We were awarded the contract to upgrade the existing playing field behind Corkerhill Place, Glasgow. The new Third Generation (3G) Artificial Turf, changing facilities and floodlighting system transformed the old pitch into a usable, dynamic and state-of-the-art sporting facility. Works included:

  • Lifting of the existing top surface, re-grading of banking and removal of existing fencing
  • Installation of shock pad pitch base and 3G plastic pitch surface
  • Installation of drainage system
  • Establishing dressing room and storage facilities
  • Installation of 3m perimeter fencing and floodlights before

Because the pitch site was situated within an area of occupied residential and commercial properties, we had to restrict operations to within the site boundary (excepting other essential works forming part of the contract) and were required to maintain free and safe access around the perimeter of the site at all times throughout the duration of the contract. All suitable measures were allowed for to maintain access for occupants, visitors, postal and emergency services through the term of the contract.

We also worked with the Glasgow Justice Authority managing local offenders on Court Ordered Community Payback who provided a substantial proportion of the labour for the job.

The results

The £330,000 all weather sporting facility now benefits young people and the wider community in the Corkerhill, Mosspark and Pollock areas of the South Side of Glasgow.

Bailie Elaine McDougall, Chair of Glasgow Justice Authority, said:

"I am delighted we were able to play a part in the development of this new pitch. Credit must also go to the offenders on community sentences who put in a lot of hard graft to prepare the site and help create something that is sure to be a highly valued, community facility."

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