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PORT SETON MUGA’S OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Port Seton’s brand new, state-of-the-art sports pitches are now open – and they’re already proving to be a hit with the local community. The new pitches were officially opened by East Lothian Council Leader Willie Innes on Monday 14th.

The upgrade work includes a 3G surface for football, a multisport polymeric surface and a new modern fence to cater for numerous sports such as basketball, tennis, hockey and more with improved access for wheelchair users. Both pitches were brimming with activity during the opening with football, basketball and tennis players all making the most of the new surfaces.

The upgraded pitches were funded through East Lothian Council and sportscotland Sports Lottery funding. Both funding sources are key to delivering high-quality facilities that make a significant contribution to the quality and capacity of sports provision within the county.

The quality of the upgrade has reinvigorated interest in the community and the centre is already seeing high use from formal bookings and recreational activity from a diverse range of community users. Councillor Willie Innes said:

“I am delighted that Port Seton has such high quality facilities to support sport and physical activity right on its doorstep. Health and well being is so important and these facilities really do make a significant difference to the quality of experience for players and coaches alike and importantly, provide recreational access to play  – improving people’s long term health outcomes.

 

NEW MUGA FOR OLDMELDRUM COMMUNITY

Oldmeldrum is a village and parish in the Formartine area of Aberdeenshire, not far from Inverurie in North East Scotland. With a population of around 2,000 people, it was welcome news to the local community when it was announced by Aberdeenshire council that the existing local tennis courts would be refurbished to create a new multi-use games area that would cater for numerous sporting activities like tennis, basketball, netball and football.

The existing facility benefited from new fencing, floodlighting and a new painted porous macadam surface which accommodates a multitude of activities which is anticipated being used by all of the communities local groups and sports clubs.

THONGSBRIDGE TENNIS SERVED AN ‘ADVANTAGE’ WITH NEW SURFACE

Proving that the TigerTiurf ‘Advantage PRO’ surface is popular all over the U.K. and not just in Scotland, Ecosse Sports were thrilled to be chosen ahead of some fierce local competition to be the main contractor for the resurface of five existing synthetic turf tennis courts at Thongsbridge Tennis and Fitness Club.

Thongsbridge Tennis Club is now considered to be one of the most dynamic, forward thinking and fastest growing clubs in Yorkshire, if not the North of England. It has welcomed international stars such as Ilie Nastase, Martina Hingis, Pat Cash and Britain’s own Jonny Marray to its courts.

Ecosse Sports are ecstatic to have added Thongsbridge to its long list of prestigious clients who have been delighted with the work we have delivered.

TWO PROMINENT EAST RENFREWSHIRE TENNIS CLUBS UPGRADE THEIR FACILITIES

The region of East Renfrewshire is home to a number of well established, prestigious tennis clubs that over the years have produced some of Scotland’s best tennis players. Both Busby and Clarkston Tennis Clubs fall into this category and Ecosse Sports were delighted when we were chosen to upgrade not one but both clubs facilities in September 2016. The scope of works for each clubs were largely similar in that the removal of the dilapidated synthetic carpet was first to occur. Both clubs opted to overlay their underlying macadam which in both instances was fretted and in poor condition. Lastly, the installation of TigerTurf ‘Advantage PRO’ in two-tone green combination was carried out to complete the playing surface. Busby also opted to refurbish their existing perimeter as well as upgrade their existing floodlighting to LED.

Having previously carried out work for Whitecraigs Tennis Club in the local area, we are delighted to have completed further work in East Renfrewshire to the satisfaction of both clubs.

 

NEW 3G SURFACE FOR INDOOR ARENA AT HFA

The Highland Football Academy Trust was established in 2002 and is a partnership between Highland Council, Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC, and Ross County FC. Since 2006, the indoor and outdoor facilities have serviced the entire community, from local school children to professional footballers. The indoor arena in particular has benefited those that have used it tremendously well, offering a fantastic facility when Highland weather is at its worst.

Nearly ten years after the facility opened, it was decided that the original 3G surface was to be replaced. Ecosse Sports put forward a credible proposal for its upgrade which was  accepted by the trustees of the academy. The proposal included the removal of the existing 3G carpet which was re-used around the outer perimeter of natural grass pitch at Ross County FC’s home ground Victoria Park. The existing dynamic base was regulated and compacted to ensure conformity prior to the installation of a new prefabricated shockpad and TigerTurf 3G 50mm football specific carpet.

SUMMER ATHLETICS TRACK PROJECT FOR HUTCHESONS’ GRAMMAR

The existing porous polymeric athletics track at Hutchesons’ Grammar School in Glasgow will be unrecognisable when the students return from their summer recess this year after extensive works were carried out on it by Ecosse Sports. The school formally instructed Ecosse to carry out a full cleaning, retexturing and relining of the entire track surface to bring it back to life after its performance and appearance had deteriorated in the last couple of years.

Works to athletics track are notoriously sensitive to weather conditions so careful planning and management of the project was critical to ensuring that it progressed in a timely manner and within deadline set by the school.

 

 

OBAN LEADS THE WAY FOR TENNIS IN WEST HIGHLANDS

Atlantis Community Leisure is run as a social enterprise and is a registered charity based in Oban. It offers its members and the community a diverse range of indoor and outdoor facilities which rival that of others in the West Highlands.

After a lengthy and committed fund raising appeal, the charity were finally in a position to  to upgrade their dated and worn outdoor synthetic turf  tennis courts. Ecosse Sports were chosen as the favored contractor for the project which included the reconstruction of the sub-base, a new sand-dressed synthetic turf carpet, new fencing and floodlighting.

As you can see from the picture the works are almost complete with the courts set to open in late May 2016.

SCOTTISH PADEL TENNIS GROWTH CONTINUES AT HATTON SPORTS CLUB

Hatton Sports Club on the outskirks of Edinburgh has become the third club in Scotland to construct a Padel Court for its members and wider Padel playing community. Following the new courts at Edinburgh Sports Club and Bridge of Allan Sports Club respectively, Hatton has now joined these prestigious clubs in offering facilities for one of the worlds fastest growing sports.

Mike Newton, President of Hatton Sports Club said; “we are delighted with our new Padel court and the work Ecosse Sports have accomplished. Our membership have been very enthusiastic about the propsect of playing Padel and we now can’t wait to start playing.”

NEW HOCKEY PITCHES FOR EAST LOTHIAN

April 2016 witnessed the opening of three newly refurbishment hockey pitches across three venues in East Lothian. The existing synthetic turf pitches at Meadowmill, Aubigny and Pinkie St. Peter’s all received a welcome upgrade thanks to the works carried out by Ecosse Sports. The existing carpet and shockpad for each facility was removed from site and the underlying sub-base checked for conformity before a new shockpad and synthetic turf system was installed. Meadowmill received a new FIH Global compliant water-based surface whilst Aubigny and Pinkie received FIH National compliant sand-dressed carpets. All facilities had repairs carried out to the existing perimeter fencing and floodlights, with new sports equipment also provided as part of the contract.

The refurbishment of these pitches continues the huge investment seen in East Lothian in recent years in its portfolio of synthetic sports facilities. Ecosse Sports are delighted to have been part of this exciting project.

MEGGETLAND EDINBURGH: NEW WATER BASED PITCH

Meggetland as a sporting location has a fairly recent history only dating back to the 70’s unlike many other high profile venues in Edinburgh. It was recently that hockey came to Meggetland when Boroughmuir H.C. made it their home ground in 2006. Now lots of clubs and groups, including Boroughmuir Rugby Club, Boroughmuir Hockey Club, Edinburgh Cala Hockey Club, Boroughmuir Thistle Football Club and Boroughmuir Cricket Club use the venue for training and competition.

In 2014 a decision was made to upgrade the existing sand filled pitch to a water based pitch. The project team was established in 2015 to kick start the refurbishment programme, with Ecosse Sports chosen as the preferred contractor for the work.

The works included extensive civil engineering works to install new irrigation around the pitch, a new spectator area, a new shock pad and a new water based artificial turf as supplied by TigerTurf UK.

The works were funded by Sportscotland, City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh Leisure, Edinburgh Hockey Club and The Springford Trust.

The works commenced in November 2015, however due to poor winter weather the programme was prolonged by the extremes of rain during that period, this meant that the pitch was handed over in March 2016.

JUDY MURRAY PUTS YOUNGSTERS THROUGH THEIR PACES AFTER OPENING ARBROATH’S NEW TENNIS COURTS

Judy Murray officially opened Arbroath Tennis Club’s new state-of-the-art all-weather courts on Wednesday 9th March. The Scottish tennis coach put the club’s youngsters through their paces before conducting the grand opening. She assisted club coaches Mark Walker and Ruaridh MacLeod before holding a question and answer session. She also drew the winning ticket for a tennis racquet signed by her son Andy. Club fundraising over the last few years, plus the support of many local trusts and organisations, saw the court upgrade begin in mid-August. The work – carried out by Ecosse Sports – to provide three floodlit all-weather courts means play is now possible throughout the year. This has also allowed the club to build its coaching programme without the constant fear of disruption due to the weather. The club, which was founded in 1909, has more than 100 members and also works closely with schools. It has already helped bring through ATP Tour player Jonny O’Mara and is hopeful of lending a guiding hand to more budding young players in the years to come.

NEW COURTS FOR CORSTORPHINE TENNIS CLUB

Early 2016 saw the refurbishment of the tired, 20+ year old polymeric tennis courts at Corstorphine Tennis Club get a new lease of life with the installation of TigerTurf ‘Advantage PRO’ in two-tone green/blue. With some localised repairs carried out, the existing polymeric was deemed suitable to install the new synthetic carpet directly on top providing a extra layer of cushion to users. As one of the oldest tennis clubs in Scotland, it is great to see this local club provide a new state-of-the-art tennis facility for the local community.

ARBROATH LOOKS TO THE FUTURE FOLLOWING £180,000 UPGRADE

Arbroath Tennis Club has been transformed into a state-of-the-art tennis  venue following a £180,000 revamp. Club fundraising over the last few years plus the support of many local trusts and organisations saw the court upgrade begin in mid-August. Sportscotland also awarded an £86,802 grant towards the impressive upgrade as well as Tennis Scotland/LTA who awarded a grant of £10,000. The upgrade – carried out by Ecosse Sports – to three all-weather courts with the installation of floodlights now means play will be possible throughout the year. The clubhouse has also been transformed with top-quality coaching now under way on the new courts. National squad coach Mark Walker heads up the coaching team following the transformation. Club president Graham Crabb said it has been a fantastic journey for everyone involved. He said: “I’ve been involved here for 40 years and first came up here when I was 11. It was a strange feeling to see the old courts and 100 years of history gone in the blink of an eye. The place looked like it had been hit by a bomb when work started, but the transformation has been incredible. All the hard work and all the fundraising has been all worthwhile to see the finished article.”

 

UPGRADED MUGA AND HOCKEY PITCH FOR GLASGOW ACADEMY

One of Scotland’s most recognised independent schools in Scotland has engaged with Ecosse Sports to refurbishment its outdoor hockey pitches during the summer term. The existing full size, sand-filled pitch was upgraded to TigerTurf’s ‘Evo PRO’ in striking two-tone green/blue combination along with the installation of a new shockpad. Additionally, the 3000m2 mini hockey training pitch was also converted to ‘Evo PRO’. The Glasgow Academy’s Director of Hockey stated; “With the exception of water-based surfaces, Evo PRO is without doubt the best artificial surface on the market for hockey. Its performance and durability characteristics far extend beyond its competitors.”

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ECOSSE INSTALL SCOTLAND’S FIRST ‘ADVANTAGE RED’ COURTS AT WHITECRAIGS

Ecosse Sports are thrilled to announce that in partnership with Edel Grass B.V. and Whitecraigs Lawn Tennis & Sports Club, the very first ‘Advantage Red’ artificial clay tennis courts have been installed in Scotland. Advantage Red offers exceptional performance akin to a real clay court and can boast the slowest ITF accredited pace rating available (category 1 – slow). In mainland Europe, approximately 300 Advantage Red courts are installed each year which demonstrates its popularity. Whitecraigs opted for this particular surface after months of investigation and trials as to the leading artificial clay product on the market. We are delighted to have been involved in this project and hope that it sparks a number of other clubs in Scotland to consider this surface.

NEW 3G SURFACE FOR WALLACE HIGH SCHOOL

Wallace High School in Stirling has upgraded its existing sand-filled artificial pitch to a 3G to accommodate its ever increasing success in football and rugby at school sport level. The school decided on a 60mm monofilament  carpet by DOMO Sports Grass who are a FIFA preferred producer of 3G synthetic turf. See the difference in the facility below.

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NEW HOCKEY SURFACE FOR GORDONSTOUN SCHOOL

Gordonstoun School in Elgin synthetic turf hockey pitch was first installed in 1995 making it one of the oldest pitches in Scotland before it finally came to upgrading it in July ’15. Like many other independent schools in Scotland, it decide to install TigerTurf’s ‘Evo PRO’  which is widely regarded within the industry as the best performing sand-dressed hockey product on the market. Ecosse Sports were delighted to be chosen as the preferred contractor for work and add Gordonstoun to other prestigious Scottish independent schools it has worked with including George Heriot’s School, The Mary Erskine School and Strathallan.

EAST LOTHIAN TENNIS PUT FIRMLY ON THE MAP

Summer 2015 saw the completion of one of the biggest tennis court refurbishment projects in recent times in Scotland as East Lothian Council along with key partners invested more than £600,000 into upgrading 15 courts across 5 different locations. With help from Sportscotland, local trusts and charities as well the individual clubs themselves, Ecosse Sports were delighted to be the principal contractor upgrading the courts at Musselburgh, Haddington, Tranent, Longniddry and East Linton. Musselburgh in particular benefited by being one of only a handful of clubs in Scotland tohave artificial clay as their playing surface, with TigerTurf ‘Clay Court PRO’ installed.

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Strathallan School Upgrades Hockey Pitch

Sport and physical activity has always been a central feature of the curriculum at Strathallan School in Perthshire. The independent school boasts some of the best school sporting facilities in the country and this was further evident in summer 2015 when the school decided to upgrade its outdoor synthetic turf hockey pitch. TigerTurf ‘Evo PRO’ synthetic turf was specified for the new surface which has been used extensively at major worldwide hockey competitions and events all over the UK and abroad. The completed project provides a first class hockey facility for the school to use for both curriculum and competitive match play.

Hawick Tennis Courts Made Possible By The Bill McLaren Foundation

A new three court tennis facility at Volunteer Park in Hawick has finally been completed after a torrid winter delayed the completion of the work. The tennis courts are part of a multi-sports facility plan which is being spearheaded by the Bill McLaren foundation. Since it was created in 2010 following Mr. McLaren’s death, the foundation has raised money which it grants to individuals, clubs and organisations to provide  opportunities for young people to participate in sport whilst also promoting qualities valued by Mr. McLaren, such as sportsmanship, respect and discipline.The tennis courts are the first of a three-phase development which includes plans for a new IRB and FIFA-compliant 3G artificial rugby and football pitch, as well as a multi changing facility for the whole community. Ecosse Sports are proud to have worked on a project of such significance and are pleased the tennis community of Hawick are so thrilled with their new facility.

Warriston Community Tennis Receives New Facilities

Warriston Community Tennis Club (WCTC) in Edinburgh is a new club which has been set up by local residents and aims to provide an easily accessible and inexpensive opportunity for local families to take up and develop tennis skills.  Ecosse Sports were therefore delighted to be involved with this venture when they were chosen to construct the new facilities for the club. These included a single full size porous macadam court with an adjoining, similarly surfaced mini-tennis court areas measuring 17m x 8.5m. This is a fantastic new tennis facility right in the centre of Edinburgh which will hopefully open up new opportunities for those in the local area.

 

ECOSSE COMPLETE EDINBURGH TENNIS CLUB DOUBLE HEADER

Ecosse are delighted to have completed the refurbishment of tennis courts at two of Edinburgh’s most popular tennis clubs; Abercorn Sports Club and Craigmillar Park Tennis Club respectively. Both clubs decided to relay their worn and tired surfaces with new TigerTurf ‘Advantage PRO’ artificial tennis carpet. We are thrilled that once again ‘Advantage PRO’ has proven to be a popular choice with Scottish tennis clubs, further cementing its position as the number one synthetic tennis carpet within the U.K.

HAMILTON TENNIS CLUB RECEIVE COURTS OVERHAUL

Hamilton Tennis Club started the 2015 tennis season with four newly refurbished tennis courts completed by Ecosse Sports . The previously courts were over 15 years old and past their useful life. The project included the refurbished of the underlying engineered macadam base, installing a new wearing course layer which was carried out Ecosse’s own highly skilled operatives. The club opted for TigerTurf ‘Advantage PRO’ synthetic turf in a striking two-tone green combination, the first club in Scotland to opt for this colour choice with the ‘Advantage PRO’ carpet. We are delighted to have worked with Hamilton LTC on this project and wish them well for the coming season.

Kilwinning Sports Club gets 5-a-side upgrade

Having previously carried out specialist maintenance on their full size 3G artificial pitch, Ecosse were delighted to be asked to work with Kilwinning Sports Club to upgrade two of their 3G 5-a-side football areas. We began the work by replacing the tired and dilapidated carpet on the 5-a-side pitches and replaced this with a new 3G synthetic turf carpet which was TigerTurf ‘Football 60XP’. This 60mm long pile, fibrillating carpet is ideal for 5-a-side football areas that are expected to receive heavy and intense use. Jim McCubbin, Operations Manager for the sports club said, “We are very happy to have our 5-a-side football area refurbished. The project was completed in a professional and timely manner by Ecosse Sports. A special mention to the guys who worked on site during the project as they were all extremely helpful and courteous throughout.”

New Employee : Robin Kerr

Ecosse Sports are delighted to welcome Mr Robin Kerr as the latest addition to the management structure of the business. Starting in March, Robin comes into the company with a wealth of experience in the synthetic turf industry and will be responsible for all commercial activities relating to the business. As well being a qualified quantity surveyor, Robin is also a qualified tennis coach and along with the rest of the management team, remains extremely enthusiastic and active in both the participation of sport and the development of sport facilities. We are fortunate to have experienced year-on-year growth within the company, and are delighted to have Robin join us to help sustain and develop this further. Everyone at Ecosse Sports looks forward to Robin starting with us and we are convinced that he will bring even greater value and expertise to our service offering to the artificial turf industry.

Ecosse win East Lothian Tennis Refurbishment Project

Ecosse Sports are delighted to have been announced as the main contractor for a huge refurbishment project of 13 tennis courts across East Lothian starting in February of this year. The project involves the refurbishment of existing courts at 4 locations across East Lothian – Musselburgh, Haddington, Tranent and Longniddry. Each site has its own specific design and build requirements and with Haddington and Musselburgh in particular, floodlighting will be installed to increase the hours of play available to users. Furthermore, the tennis courts at Lewisvale Park in Musselburgh (which is home to Musselburgh Tennis Club) will be the first tennis club in the U.K. to install TigerTurf’s ‘Clay Court PRO’ artificial clay surface. Demand for tennis facilities in East Lothian has always been high and we look forward to playing our part in delivering first class tennis facilities to each local community.

Major Scotstoun Sports Complex project almost complete

With the refurbishment of the full size 3G synthetic turf pitch and four 3G 5-a-side football areas already complete and formally handed over to the client before the Christmas break, we now have only the tennis courts to finish upgrading before fully handing over the facility back to the client. We are delighted with the progress made on this project and thus, the feedback on the facilities that are finished has been very encouraging.

West Lothian Leisure 5-a-side

Despite the sporadic weather conditions, Ecosse have begun work on site at Craigswood Sports Centre, starting a replacement project for West Lothian Leisure’s collection of 5-a-s-ide football facilities. As the photo on the left illustrates, we have already managed to get two 5-a-sides complete and ready for customers to start playing on.

2015 starts at Craiglockhart Tennis Centre for Ecosse

There was no easy start to 2015 for the Ecosse Sports team as it was straight to Craiglockhart Tennis Centre in Edinburgh to refurbish the existing six indoor acrylic tennis courts. The courts were resurfaced using the recognised and highly popular ‘Proflex’ system. Known for its excellent and flexible playing properties, the formulation of the components used in the system can be varied to produce a finished surface that ranges from ITF pace rating 1-5 depending on the needs of the client. Proflex, in most cases, is the surface of choice for clients with indoor tennis courts and in this instance the client went for two tone blue/green combination.

Kirkcaldy High School benefits from synthetic pitch replacement

The existing 3G artificial pitch at Kirkcaldy High School was badly in need of replacement due to excessive failures of the carpet and the risks this was causing to users. Ecosse Sports were tasked with replacing both the carpet and existing the shockpad and installing a new insitu shockpad and TigerTurf ‘40XQ’ 3G synthetic turf carpet. The project also included remedial works to the perimeter fencing and kickboards as well as providing new football goals for the school.

Ecosse wins major refurbishment project at Scotstoun Sports Complex

Following on from the successful refurbishment project at Palace of Arts, Ecosse Sports are delighted to announce they have the contract to upgrade the existing facilities at Scotstoun Sports Complex in Glasgow. The scope of works involve upgrading the existing hockey pitch to a IRB reg 22 3G artificial turf pitch as well as resurfacing the existing four 5-a-side football pitches and three tennis courts.

Athletics track refurbishment for Williamwood School

Since opening in 2006, the athletics track at Williamwood School in East Renfrewshire has been heavily used by both pupils of the school and the wider community. Having carried out various repairs on the track as the surface has worn through age, Ecosse Sports were asked to carry out a full refurbishment of the track surface. The full refurbishment included treating moss/algae where growth was evident, a specialist cleaning of the track and repairing damaged areas of the base mat before applying a structure coat re-spray of the entire track area. The final stage of the project was completing a full relining operation including all lane, hurdle and event markings.

New MUGA for Woodlands School

Thanks to some generous support from the ‘The Big Lottery Fund’, Woodlands School in Edinburgh is benefiting from a brand new MUGA area, constructed by Ecosse Sports. After a competitive tender process, Ecosse were chosen as the preferred contractor to build a 24m x 16m MUGA with rebound panel fencing complete with one set of recessed goals and basketball hoops. The finished surface is a sand-filled synthetic turf with various painted lines to cater for an array of sporting activities within the school. This is a fantastic new facility for this specialist school whose children will benefit enormously from the opportunity to learn and play a multitude of sporting activities. Luke McGeechan, Sales Director for Ecosse Sports said, “We were particularly pleased to play a major part in this project and make a significant contribution to what will be a tremendous asset for this school and its pupils. A number of people connected to the school worked extremely hard to secure the funding required to make the schools ambition of having their own MUGA a reality. We are delighted with the feedback we have been given in relation to the finished MUGA which has been extremely positive and now the school can look forward to using this well-deserved facility.”

New 3G surface for The Royal High School

Ecosse Sports have successfully completed the refurbishment of a existing full size sand-dressed synthetic pitch to a new, 3G artificial surface at The Royal High School in Edinburgh. The work was undertaken for a private facilities management company who look after the schools on behalf of the local council. As well as the new surface, a brand new fence system was installed, replacing the existing one which was badly damaged. Working under an extremely tight deadline to have the facility ready for the start of the new school term, Ecosse managed to have the both the surface and fencing completed within a 3 week period. TigerTurf ‘40XQ’ 3G synthetic turf was installed which passes both FIFA 1* and FIH accreditation and therefore is a popular surface within the education market.

East Lothian schools receive artificial pitch refresh

Both North Berwick High School and Preston Lodge High School in East Lothian have recently refurbished their artificial pitches. These full size pitches were in excess of 18 years old and required both the carpet and shockpad to be replaced. Both schools opted for the TigerTurf ‘Evo PRO’ sand-dressed carpet to cater for the high demand of hockey, tennis and recreational football. Ecosse were delighted to facilitate this much needed refresh, in time for the return of pupils in the autumn term.

AEGON UK – New 3G 5-a-sides

Aegon UK is a pension, insurance and Investment Company based in Edinburgh that are the proud owners of two artificial turf 5-a-side facilities at their headquarters. These pitches are utilised by their staff, and help to promote health and wellbeing amongst their workforce. With the Aegon pitches less than a mile away from our offices, Ecosse were eager to carry out the refurbishment of these facilities. The scope of works involved changing a tired and dated sand-filled surface to a new 3G synthetic turf. TigerTurf ‘40XQ’ 3G carpet was installed along with a new roof net for both facilities. We hope the staff will be very pleased with the results.

Mary Erskine’s hockey pitch refurbishment

Ecosse Sports are delighted to have been chosen to refurbish the existing synthetic turf hockey pitch at The Mary Erskine School in Edinburgh. The school, voted Independent school of the year, in 2012 boasts excellent sports facilities and they have decided to install TigerTurf ‘Evo PRO’ sand-dressed artificial carpet which will complement the high demand for both hockey and tennis use within the school. We look forward to starting this project at the beginning of the summer school holidays.

Athletics sprint facility next on the agenda for Wallace High School

Following the successful installation of their beach volleyball facility, Wallace High School continued in their pursuit of providing first class, diverse sports facilities to pupils and the wider community by constructing an athletics sprint facility. The four lane, 120m long athletics area also includes a long jump run-up and associated landing pit to give users as much choice as possible in utilising the facility. Once again, Ecosse Sports were chosen as the main contractor for project having proven experience in delivering similar athletics facilities to clients across Scotland. The aim of this project was to create an outstanding athletics area that adds to an already impressive collection of sports facilities and further cements Wallace High School as one of the leading secondary schools for sport in Scotland.

Palace of Art synthetic pitch refurbishment

An original water-based synthetic pitch, which was at the end of its useful life, at the Palace of Art centre set in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow has been restored to its former glory. Ecosse Sports has reconstructed the surface to a fully compliant FIFA 1* and IRB reg 22 accredited 3G pitch. Ecosse successfully won the competitive tender to lift and dispose of the synthetic turf and shockpad as well as the existing irrigation system. Preparatory works to the engineered base were also carried out prior to the installation of a new 15mm insitu shockpad and TigerTurf ‘60XQ’ 60mm 3G carpet. Remedial works to the perimeter fencing and kickboards also made up the detailed scope of works. Working with City Building Glasgow on behalf of Glasgow Life, both Ecosse and the client are very pleased with the completed work. We at Ecosse hope that this is the first of many exciting projects working with this client.

New polymeric tennis courts for Burrelton Tennis Club

Ecosse Sports have transformed two, tired looking macadam tennis courts in Burrelton, Perthshire by installing their ‘Tennitec’ cushioned polymeric system on behalf of Burrelton Tennis Club. The club has invested many years of patience and hard work into sourcing funders for the project. Ecosse were delighted to install a finished surface that meets the specific performance requirements of the collective club membership. The ‘Tennitec’ was chosen by the club based on previous experience playing on polymeric tennis surfaces. Moira Coull from Burrelton Tennis Club said; “Ecosse were the standout choice for our refurbishment project and we are all ecstatic with job they have done for us.”

Additional ‘Advantage PRO’ tennis surfaces to be installed at Dunfermline and Colinton

Following on from successful refurbishment projects at Dunfermline Tennis Club in 2012 and Colinton Tennis Club in 2013 respectively, both clubs have decided to upgrade their remaining synthetic turf courts to TigerTurf ‘Advantage PRO’. Since the initial installation of this surface at both clubs, demand and popularity have dictated that the remaining older surfaces are refurbished to the same high standard. Everyone at Ecosse looks forward to working with both clubs again in the coming weeks.

Scotland’s first beach volleyball facility completed

Ecosse Sports are delighted to have successfully constructed Scotland’s first outdoor, purpose built beach volleyball facility at Wallace High School in Stirling, one of Scotland’s top schools for sport. As a previous winner of the Scottish School of Sport award, Wallace High has a proud tradition of producing top Scottish sport talent like footballer Gary Caldwell and ex Scotland rugby internationalist Kenny Logan. The school has now become a centre for beach volleyball with the construction of a new outdoor facility. Sales Director for Ecosse Sports, Luke McGeechan shared enthusiasm for the project in stating, “We were particularly thrilled to be involved in this project, given the unique nature of the facility and the opportunity it presents to those who want to get involved in beach volleyball within the central belt.” Paul Ramsay, Business Manager for the school praised Ecosse Sports contribution to the project. “Having worked with Ecosse before, they were the easy choice to complete this work for us and once again, they have exceeded our expectations.”

New courts a hit at Banchory Tennis Club

Banchory Tennis Club is now the proud owner of three newly refurbished synthetic turf tennis courts, installed by Ecosse Sports. Having worked with the club for a number of years, Ecosse were delighted to deliver a new, first class tennis surface in two tone red/green combination, using the increasingly popular TigerTurf ‘Advantage PRO’ tennis carpet. Mr. Macduff-Duncan, the project manager for Banchory Tennis Club during the contract commented, “The entire club are delighted with the new courts. Banchory has a thriving popularity for tennis and we are grateful that Ecosse Sports could complete this project for us before the start of the new season.”

Strathgryffe Tennis Club opt for ‘US Open’ style courts

Ecosse Sports have successfully completed the refurbishment of two synthetic turf tennis courts at Strathgryffe Tennis Club in Renfrewshire. The club have joined the ‘Advantage PRO’ revolution, choosing the ever popular TigerTurf surface with its un-rivalled nine year warranty. ‘Advantage PRO’ is available in a range of two tone colours and in this instance, Strathgryffe are the first club in Scotland to go with a blue playing surface and dark green surrounds, akin to that used at the US Open. Tennis Conveynor Susan Weanie commented post installation, “We are absolutely delighted with the new courts. Ecosse delivered a very professional service from start to finish. Our members are very happy with the courts and we will certainly consider using them again in the future when it comes to refurbishing our other synthetic turf courts.

Replay (Scotland) Rejuvenate ‘most remote tennis court in the British Isles’

Bunabhainneadar Tennis Court is the most remote tennis court in the British Isles, set within a beautiful setting on North Harris. The court itself is 6 years old and given its location, had suffered badly from infill contamination which made the synthetic turf surface dangerous to users. Replay (Scotland) were tasked with using its patented ‘Rejuvenation’ process to extract the contaminated sand infill using a unique compressed air process, aerating and cleaning the carpet before adding new, clean sand infill to be worked back in. The end result was much to the clients delight – “Chris and Robert have done a fantastic job in terrible conditions. Rain and gales enough to make a grown man weep – but they kept on going!” Proof attached in the photo.

Starting the New Year with bang at Meadowbank

There is no rest for the Ecosse Sports operatives as we begin another year; it was straight to Meadowbank Sports Complex to start a refurbishment project on their outdoor athletics facilities. Works on the hammer cage, javelin and shot putt area are all part of this project. Keep checking this website for further updates and pictures.

Clarkston’s New Courts are ready for Future Tennis Stars

November 2013 saw the official opening of the new 3 court area at Clarkston Bowling and Tennis Club, installed by Ecosse Sports. This complex project involved converting the existing blaes courts into painted porous macadam including new fencing and floodlighting. The ribbon-cutting duties were shared by Judy Murray and Leon Smith, Head of Men’s tennis at the LTA. See the following press release for more details – http://www.glasgowsouthandeastwoodextra.co.uk/news/local-headlines/clarkston-s-new-courts-are-ready-for-future-tennis-stars-1-3195454

West Lothian Leisure upgrade indoor RUBB hall as part of huge refurbishment project at Bathgate Sports Centre

We are delighted to report that Ecosse have won and subsequently completed the contract to upgrade the aged and deteriorated polymeric surfacing at the indoor RUBB hall complex. The final specification for the new surface was Type 4 polymeric in blue with appropriate line markings for 5-a-side football, tennis, badminton, netball and futsal. The perimeter fencing and netting was also upgraded along with appropriate base works to prepare the concrete ready for the new polymeric. The end result looks outstanding and offers a unique multi-sport, indoor area for the wider community of Bathgate and beyond.

Ecosse ‘goes global’ with court upgrade in BARBADOS

Proving that we will go wherever the work takes us, Ecosse were asked to upgrade a private residential tennis court on the beautiful island of Barbados. Withstanding baking temperatures in excess of thirty degrees and 80% humidity, the Ecosse team delivered the project on time and on budget, much to the delighted of our client as you can see from the photo.

Schools across West Lothian benefit from MUGA Installation

October 2013 saw the completion of seven month project which saw the construction six MUGA’s across various primary and special schools for West Lothian Council. Each area measured 24m x 15m with a porous macadam playing surface, finished with acrylic paint coating and markings. The ‘ballcourt’ style fence system comprised of recessed football goals and basketball board/hoops, with 1.2m high sides and 3m high goal ends in powder coated steel construction. Each new MUGA provides a safe environment for children to take part in a number of small-sides activities including football, basketball, tennis, netball and street hockey.

Perseverance and kindness the key for New Courts at Inverness Tennis and Squash Club

Members of Inverness T&SC demonstrated their immense kindness and pride for their club earlier this year in funding nearly three quarters of the capital cost for the refurbishment of their three outdoor synthetic courts. The project involved removing the existing synthetic turf carpet and porous concrete slabs which had expanded and moved over the time. The foundation of entire court area was built back up with additional MOT type 1 stone, new perimeter kerbs, two layers of porous macadam and finally the new artificial turf carpet, which was TigerTurf ‘Advantage PRO’ in standard green. Associated fencing and floodlighting works were also included as part of the overall project. All works were carried out by Ecosse Sports own in house and fully trained operatives.

Ecosse Sports helps Kelso High School to upgrade school MUGA

The old MUGA – a polymeric surface which was badly in need of refurbishment has been rapidly upgraded by Ecosse Sports. The existing polymeric was repaired and made porous which allowed it to be used as an ideal shock pad for the new sand filled carpet. Tiger turf ‘MP24’ was installed over the polymeric surface. The project was completed within a very quick turnaround to accommodate school use before the start of the new term. The school and community use this sports surface extensively as there are few such facilities in the area and therefore will benefit greatly with the newly refurbished facility.

Prestigious school opts for Ecosse/TigerTurf partnership for premier hockey pitch

George Watson’s independent school in Edinburgh has a proud history of sporting excellence. We were obviously delighted when Ecosse Sports were chosen to refurbish their full size hockey pitch in summer 2013, with TigerTurf ‘Evo PRO’ being installed along with a new 15mm insitu shockpad. The ‘Evo PRO’ carpet passes FIH National accreditation and further more comes in various two tone colours. George Watson’s opted for a standard green playing area with dark blue surrounds as you will see from the picture.

University of Edinburgh chooses Ecosse Sports for athletics facility refurbishment

University of Edinburgh’s sports facilities at Peffermill Complex boast some of the best in Scotland. Summer 2013 saw the University refurbish their 110m, 9 lane polymeric sprints straight which was worn and dated. Ecosse Sports managed and carried out the entire scope of works in house using our own specialist plant and experienced work force. The new area will be well used not only by the athletics club but also as a warm up area for the adjacent hockey pitches.

All smiles at Strathallan School as tennis and netball courts receive much needed attention

Ecosse/Replay (Scotland) has a long history working with Strathallan School in Perthshire, one of Scotland’s top independent and boarding schools. During a memorable summer which saw near daily sunshine and Andy Murray winning at Wimbledon, we were delighted when the school asked us to refurbish their 5200m2 porous macadam area, incorporating seven tennis and two netball courts. The existing macadam area was cleaned and moss/weed treated prior to a court binder/acrylic spray coating being applied in two tone colours along with new play lines for both tennis and netball. Included also in the project was the installation of heavy duty, socketed netball posts to tournament standard. Overall, it was great project to work on which brought the area back to the high standard that the school sets of all its sporting facilities.

George Heriot’s School gets new Synthetic Hockey Surface

George Heriot’s School established in 1628 and a prestigious academic institution in Edinburgh decided in summer 2013 to refurbish an old sand filled artificial pitch at their Golden Acre playing fields in Edinburgh. Refurbishing old facilities is never straight forward as an old site can have many issues to deal with and resolve which are historic in nature. We were delighted to be awarded the contract to refurbish the pitch, which involved installing the new shock pad and TigerTurf ‘Evo PRO’ carpet as well as upgraded the fencing to the pitch. The project was delivered on time, to budget and now provides the school with a high performance hockey facility for the future.

Allender Centre gets new lease of life with refurbished indoor 5-a-side areas

Allender Leisure Centre in Bearsden has seen its indoor football bookings soar with the refurbishment of their three 5-a-side areas to a new 3G surface. Ecosse won the contract to replace the existing 3G carpet with TigerTurf ‘Football 50’ along with the addition of new goal equipment and a two year maintenance programme through our maintenance division Replay (Scotland). Feedback from regular users of the facility as well as the facility management staff themselves has been fantastic. Check out our testimonials section to see what the client had to say.

SRU install synthetic turf technical Area as part of pitch replacement programme

Prior to the resurface of their natural grass pitch at Murrayfield, the SRU tasked Ecosse Sports with installing a synthetic turf technical area along with the entire west stand side of the stadium. To ensure that the new artificial area complied with IRB 22 regulations, a system comprising of TigerTurf ‘Total Turf 65XQ’ 3G carpet and a 20mm insitu shockpad was installed. The new area will provide greater protection to the natural grass area from players and spectators during Edinburgh rugby and international games.

New 3G MUGA at Kinlochleven Primary School

Having already developed a very strong relationship with Morrison Facility Services in the Highlands, Ecosse were delighted when we were chosen to install a new 36m x 18m outdoor MUGA for the kids at Kinlochleven Primary School. Works included excavation of the existing greenfield site, drainage, and the installation of a 3G carpet directly onto a dynamic base. This new area gives the children of the school an additional area to use which otherwise was mainly water-logged and unplayable.

Football the focus with new 3G 5-a-sides in Boness

Boness Recreation Centre finally got the 3G football surfaces their customers had been craving when Ecosse Sports were chosen to resurface two of the three existing sand-filled 5-a-side courts. Both surfaces were replaced with TigerTurf ‘Football 50’ 3G synthetic turf, leaving one area as sand-filled to accommodate tennis customers at the centre. Bookings have increased tremendously as this new facility caters for the Boness community, which has a very rich and proud football community.

Blackhall LTC set the tone with Artificial Clay

Ecosse Sports are delighted to introduce the completion of 3 new TigerTurf ‘Baseline’ artificial clay tennis courts at Blackhall Tennis Club in Edinburgh, in time for the upcoming tennis season. This prestigious tennis club now has top of the range facilities to be used for the benefit of all of their members, with the introduction of this particular surface a first in the Scottish tennis club market. As you can see in the photo, the result has been outstanding and both current members and visiting players are delighted with the new and improved surface.

Supplier Recognition for Replay

Replay Maintenance has been awarded a Supplier Recognition licence for the supply of its track cleaning service to the Olympic Park during the London 2012 Games. Suppliers involved in helping stage London 2012 are now able to promote their involvement in the Olympics and Paralympics after a landmark deal was reached between the Government, the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).“We are obviously very proud to have received the recognition for our work at the Olympic Park Stadium for London 2012,” said Garry Martin, Replay’s operations director. “It was no mean feat having to get the track cleaned after the opening ceremony with all that soil and all those people but team Replay delivered, within some very tight timescales.”

Pennypit get set for outdoor facilities overhaul

The Pennypit Community Trust was set up in 1992 to develop and manage new sports facilities at Pennypit within Prestonpans, East Lothian. In late 2012, Ecosse Sports were chosen to refurbish the existing facilities of the site which included two 5-a-side synthetic turf pitches and a mini athletics track. The project started in August and included the installation of a new insitu shockpad and 3G carpet for the 5-a-side areas, new fencing/kickboards and goal equipment, remedial works to the floodlighting and the re-texturing and relining of the polymeric mini athletics track. As you will see from the photos, the project has improved the existing facilities enormously for the benefit of the local community.

Colinton LTC join the ‘Advantage PRO’ craze

Colinton Tennis Club is one of the largest and most prestigious tennis clubs in Edinburgh, with a thriving membership and excellent coaching programme. In September 2012, Ecosse Sports were chosen as the preferred contractor to update three of their six existing courts to TigerTurf ‘Advantage PRO’ surface. This surface is continually proving to be extremely popular in the tennis market with its industry leading 9 year warranty and superb play characteristics. The project was completed on time and within budget, allowing the club to use the courts over the winter period (when the Scottish climate allowed!).

Replay Awarded UK’s Largest Synthetic Maintenance Contract

Replay Maintenance (Scotland) has been chosen as the preferred supplier to Glasgow Life to maintain all their synthetic sport facilities and athletics tracks for the next 3 years, a period where the Commonwealth Games will be taking place in 2014. Glasgow Life was established in 2007 to deliver cultural and leisure services on behalf of, but not exclusively for, Glasgow City Council. The contract includes the complete maintenance of over 65 synthetic turf pitches/areas and 3 dedicated athletics tracks. Having worked with Glasgow Life since its inception, Replay are delighted to be further developing this relationship and look forward to playing a key role in delivering first class, well maintained outdoor synthetic facilities across Glasgow for a number of years. The project began in earnest at the start of September and below is a testimonial from Glasgow Life on how we are performing thus far.

Nethybridge MUGA receives new lease of life

The summer of 2012 saw Ecosse Sports travel north to the Nethybridge Adventure Centre to resurface an existing porous concrete MUGA area which had badly deteriorated over time. The existing concrete was broken up, compacted and a new ‘Sport 32’ porous macadam surface overlaid. The surface was then finished in an acrylic spray coating in two-tone green and white tennis lines.

England, here we come!

Proving that we are happy to travel across Scotland and beyond the border to satisfy customers, Ecosse Sports have won the contract to refurbish two existing sand-filled tennis courts at Eden Lawn Tennis Club in Carlisle. The club have decided to install TigerTurf ‘Tennis Grass 15’ which is a 15mm fibrillating sand-filled product, very similar to what they have present. We look forward to building on our reputation and delivering another first class facility south of the order.

Bridge of Allan Sports Club goes ‘All Red’

May 2012 also saw the installation of a further two ‘Advantage PRO’ courts, this time at Bridge of Allan Sports Club near Stirling. In keeping with the clubs fine blaes courts (which many say are the best in Scotland), the club decided to go ‘all red’ for their new synthetic courts. The finished installation looks extremely striking and has received excellent feedback from members and visiting playing alike.

Scotland’s oldest University chooses Ecosse for Tennis Court Refurbishment

The University of St. Andrew’s has invested millions of pounds in its sports facilities in recent years, meaning their facilities rival that of any other University in the country. In April 2012, Ecosse Sports were chosen to refurbish four existing sand-filled synthetic turf courts, replacing them with TigerTurf ‘Advantage PRO’ in two tone green court, red surround. The University’s Director of Tennis had played on ‘Advantage PRO’ previously at Dunfermline LTC and loved it. Another great testimonial for this unique synthetic tennis surface!

Company Investment

One of the core values of Ecosse Sports has been to continually invest in our fleet of specialist plant and transport vehicles. That theme continued earlier this year when the company purchased a 12 tonne flat bed hiab lorry. This investment has proved to be invaluable at transporting our own plant and materials to and from jobs; giving us full control over delivery times and ensuring contracts are completed on time and without delay. The lorry proves especially useful when carrying out ‘Rejuvenation’ works for our REPLAY customers or in this instance, when about to embark to site for the installation of a polymeric shockpad.

Newlands LTC gain the ‘Advantage’ after resurfacing project

In early 2012, Ecosse Sports were chosen as the preferred contractor to resurface 7 outdoor synthetic turf courts at Newlands Lawn Tennis Club in Glasgow. As one of the most prestigious tennis clubs in Scotland and with a membership in excess of 1000, it was important that the club chose a contractor they could trust as well as surface that matched the ambitions of the club and its members. They opted for TigerTurf’s ‘Advantage PRO’ surface in two-tone green/red which has proved to be an instant hit.

Meggetland adds cricket to its sporting repertoire

Meggetland Sports Complex in Edinburgh prides itself on being one of the premier sports centres in the city. When its management company Edinburgh Leisure asked Ecosse Sports to assist in the provision of synthetic cricket facilities, we were delighted to help. Ecosse designed, supplied and installed all new cages, netting and surfacing including the associated ground works and edging detail. The project was delivered on time and more importantly on budget.

Aberdeenshire Council put the focus firmly on Tennis

The ‘Andy Murray effect’ has been felt across Scotland thanks to the efforts of our world class tennis star. Aberdeenshire Council certainly weren’t about to be left behind when they financed the refurbishment of 3 separate public tennis courts sites across the region. In each project, Ecosse Sports successfully won the tender to restore these facilities at Newtonhill, Cooper Park in Huntly and Pinkie Road in Newmachar. The finished surface for each for site was painted porous macadam, with specific civils and fencing works required at each site and all carried out by Ecosse’s in-house operatives. Each site now provides a safe and attractive surface for community users to enjoy.