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State-of-the-art cricket practice nets
Cricket specialist total-play Ltd recently installed a new ECB approved non-turf cricket pitch practice facility at the Stockport Grammar School
With its existing arti cial cricket practice nets system in rather a sorry state and un t for purpose, historic Stockport Grammar school invited non-turf cricket specialists in to tender for its replacement.
Shortlisted companies were called to present their proposals, with total-play Ltd’s reputation and professionalism combined with its choice of materials making them the stand out choice. The proposed
speci cation for the 35m, 4 lane practice facility was based on total- play’s ECB approved tp365 arti cial cricket pitch design.
Careful planning was key to the project, with the majority of work to be carried out in a limited time frame during the 2016 summer break. To help ensure that these deadlines could be met, total-play set out a detailed schedule with materials to be delivered to site ahead of works and all access to site to be via a pre-de ned haulage route to minimise impact on the school’s winter sports pitch.
With the new facility to be built on the site of the existing synthetic cricket practice nets, the school agreed to remove the existing system’s metalwork and netting with total-play then coming onto
site to break up the old surface; works which would include the removal of any spoil from site
and its disposal, for which a contingency fund was set in place. Due to the site being subject to  ooding in the past, the design also allowed for the facility to be ‘built up’ above the surrounding ground level.
With the speci cation agreed, works commenced on site during the school holidays and, within a rigid 2 week timescale, total-play completed machine groundworks and installed the base of the system to make
the most of the  rm ground. The site was then tidied and secured ready for the return of pupils at the beginning of September and, during November half term, the total-play team returned to site to complete
the installation of carpets, netting system and to tidy the site.
The  nished arti cial cricket practice nets system featured bespoke elements including total-play’s
HD Protection Tunnel netting system with a powder coated  nish to steelwork and two-tone blue
and green Wilton woven carpet. The project was signed off before Christmas and has since been in regular use for practice.
James Ormond, Cricket Professional at Stockport Grammar, says:
“The new system has been extremely well received at Stockport Grammar and has already made a signi cant improvement to the standard of practice. Based on the outstanding work of the total-play team on the project, I have already recommended them to other schools and clubs.”
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