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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote OldNick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jul 2019 at 18:16
Another week, another set of progress photos.


Stone layer complete, kerbs in progress. 
Next week porous asphalt, bonded rubber chips, and then the pit
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Two more sets of photos today...

https://www.facebook.com/OldNickRugbyPhotos/photos/?tab=album&album_id=870253256663831 - Monday. Tidying up the stone layer

https://www.facebook.com/OldNickRugbyPhotos/photos/?tab=album&album_id=870288279993662 - Tuesday - Tarmac
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Meanwhile, back at the BPA the tarmac layer is complete, apart from the locations of the pop-up irrigation sprays, which are expected to arrive very shortly. It all felt very peaceful down there this morning. It's still a controlled site, but much of the heavy equipment has gone, and only about half a dozen truck-loads of spoil needed to be collected and removed. 

Sp, now the irrigation sprays need to be fitted, and their six locations competed and tarmacked, and then the soft top layers can start going down. Sockets need to be fitted for the goalposts, and for the various flags needed for both codes and football - apparently slots will be put in for the flags, and then the final exact sockets fitted in the slots at the precise positions to match the pitch markings, once the green top is down. 

Anyway - pictures of pristine level tarmac available here...

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Guinness John Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jul 2019 at 13:12
Looks very like that of Bedford Athletic which from my totally unqualified eye is a superb facility. Maybe the Blues could train on it prior to going to Coventry.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Jul 2019 at 15:01
Originally posted by OldNick OldNick wrote:

<span style="color: rgb51, 51, 51;">Meanwhile, back at the BPA the tarmac layer is complete, apart from the locations of the pop-up irrigation sprays, which are expected to arrive very shortly. It all felt very peaceful down there this morning. It's still a controlled site, but much of the heavy equipment has gone, and only about half a dozen truck-loads of spoil needed to be collected and removed. </span><br style="color: rgb51, 51, 51;"><br style="color: rgb51, 51, 51;"><span style="color: rgb51, 51, 51;">Sp, now the irrigation sprays need to be fitted, and their six locations competed and tarmacked, and then the soft top layers can start going down. Sockets need to be fitted for the goalposts, and for the various flags needed for both codes and football - apparently slots will be put in for the flags, and then the final exact sockets fitted in the slots at the precise positions to match the pitch markings, once the green top is down. </span><br style="color: rgb51, 51, 51;"><br style="color: rgb51, 51, 51;"><span style="color: rgb51, 51, 51;">Anyway - pictures of pristine level tarmac available here...</span>
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote OldNick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jul 2019 at 07:57
Originally posted by Eel Eel wrote:

[ very impressive


Thanks Eel.
There’s a lot spoken about AGPs, but very little detail about how they’re built, or how they work. I’ve found that making a weekly visit has been fascinating (even if just seeing a complete coat of tarmac slightly less so), and seeing the process from end to end has made me realise how big a job it is to get from a muddy grass pitch to (eventually) the artificial replacement. I’ve been particularly impressed by the precision, and attention to detail.

As it’s technically a building site during the process, access is limited, and as it’s the sort of job that most clubs only do once. I’ve considered it worth posting the updates here. Ok, the pictures are of Coventry, but the process would be much the same elsewhere - and generally invisible to the average supporter until it’s finished.

There should be another update next Monday or Tuesday. The heavy equipment used so far has gone, and now it’s jyst the top three inches to do.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jul 2019 at 08:50
Originally posted by OldNick OldNick wrote:

Originally posted by Eel Eel wrote:

[ very impressive


Thanks Eel.
There’s a lot spoken about AGPs, but very little detail about how they’re built, or how they work. I’ve found that making a weekly visit has been fascinating (even if just seeing a complete coat of tarmac slightly less so), and seeing the process from end to end has made me realise how big a job it is to get from a muddy grass pitch to (eventually) the artificial replacement. I’ve been particularly impressed by the precision, and attention to detail.

As it’s technically a building site during the process, access is limited, and as it’s the sort of job that most clubs only do once. I’ve considered it worth posting the updates here. Ok, the pictures are of Coventry, but the process would be much the same elsewhere - and generally invisible to the average supporter until it’s finished.

There should be another update next Monday or Tuesday. The heavy equipment used so far has gone, and now it’s jyst the top three inches to do.
we have 2 of these pitches and yes it was fascinating watching them come to life. The rubber crumb all over the house after the boys come in from training is irritating tho
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Latest updates from the ground.

The six irrigation spray heads, and associated access manholes are now in place just off the pitch, and their holes are being tidied up so that they can be tarmacked and have the top layers applied.
The water tank to feed them is in place. Very shiny it is too.
Flag and post holes have been set into the pitch. There are a lot of them as Rugby Union, and League, and association football all have flags in different places.
The main runs of fences are in place, with gates being fitted on t he Broomfield side.
While I was there today, the laying of the shock absorbing layer of bonded rubber particles was started.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/OldNickRugbyPhotos/photos/?tab=album&album_id=877751052580718

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Coming on nicely. They started laying the carpet today.
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Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

Coming on nicely. They started laying the carpet today.
look forward to seeing the finished product kimbo
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It's raining hard at the BPA, so there's not a lot going on out of doors. Here are the latest pictures, as the green carpet starts to go down...



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