O’Brien were engaged as Principal Contractor for the construction of several sports pitches and footpaths around the project area on Phase 2 of Western Park, Northstowe, following on from successful completion of works we carried out on Phase 1 of this new development on the former RAF Oakington base and surrounding farmland between Cambridge and Huntingdon.
Works were carried out utilising the expertise of both our O’Brien Sports and O’Brien Contractors divisions to provide a turnkey solution for our client.
New Natural Turf Mini Football Pitches
After removing the existing topsoil and stockpiling for re-use, we carried out the cut and fill operation for the new sport pitches, to the new correct formation level, before levelling of the stockpiled topsoil and the installation of the pitch drainage, finally regrading and levelling of topsoil before treating and seeding the new sport pitches.
We have been maintaining the pitches for 12 months in order to have them ready and playable.
New Full Size Natural Turf Rugby and Football Pitches
After removal of existing topsoil and stockpiling for re-use, we carried out earthworks operations for the new pitches to the required gradients for the pitches. We also installed the lateral pitch and carrier drainage before re-spreading the top soil and seeding the pitches.
We have been maintaining the pitches for 18 months in order to have them ready and playable.
New MUGA Pitch
After removing the existing vegetation from the area, we carried out the cut and fill to the formation level, before installing the pitch drainage and concreting in the edging kerbs to the perimeter of the pitch. We constructed the floodlight bases, as well as installing the ducting and cables, before tarmac of the pitch area and installing the new Polymeric surface and line markings. Finally we installed fencing to the perimeter of the pitch and erected the floodlighting.
New Turf Bowls Green (to World Bowls Association Standards)
After removing the existing vegetation, we carried out the cut and fill operation to the formation level, installed the pitch drainage and concreted in the edge details forming the channel to the perimeter of the pitch. Constructing the pitch using topsoil and turf before installing fencing to the perimeter to enclose the area. The Bowels Green was constructed to strict World Bowls Association Standards. We are currently mowing the grass 3 times per week to promote growth in preparation for final use.
We constructed approximately 2 kilometres of footpaths during Phase 2 of the project.
There are two different types of footpaths around the project, one is a 3m wide timber edged footpath constructed with a 150mm layer of type one and 75mm of Breedon Stone on top.
The second type of footpath to the perimeter of the project is a tarmac footpath on a stone sub-base with concrete edgings.
On completion of the footpaths the existing topsoil was spread and levelled up to the newly installed paths
An Exciting New Development for Cambridge!
Northstowe is an exciting new town that is being developed in Cambridge. The new town will eventually have up to 10,000 homes, with an anticipated population of 25,000
The new town will fall in the Longstanton ward of South Cambridgeshire District Council and has been in development for around 15 years, based partly on the site of the former RAF Oakington base and surrounding farmland between Cambridge and Huntingdon. This new sustainable development will have around the same population as Huntingdon to the north, or Broadstairs in Kent.
It is already connected to the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway, which has integrated cycle routes providing quick connections to the major towns of Cambridgeshire.
A14 Upgrade works will connect the town directly into the main UK road network, putting it in an enviable position to serve a diverse community.
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