Fulham FC Training Facility

 

Fulham FC agreed to install the EGRP system in June 2015 at their training facility in Motspur Park, New Malden. Standing water and saturated grounds in-between the training pitches and outside of existing drainage had been a long standing issue for the ground staff. Three of the poorest draining areas of the facility were targeted by the client with the sub soil makeup of the ground consisting of London Clay and the installation itself completed in 10 days. Since the system was installed and following prolonged periods of rain, the areas have remained dry and free from standing water as our system has enabled the previously saturated ground to absorb rainwater at the source.

Why us the EGRP the solution?

With minimal disruption whilst the install was taking place the club were able to keep the training ground open during works, this enabled the pre-season schedule to continue without interruption. During the install the GWD team, along with assistance from Deputy Head Groundsman Rory Ferguson, were able to navigate drilling around the clubs existing irrigation system. Once the install had finished players could use the treated areas immediately with little change to the make-up of the surface and no post install settlement.

System Design

Following a thorough site investigation and examination of localised bore hole records a detailed design drawing dealing with 3 troublesome areas was produced. EGRP devices at 1 metre centres were vertically installed to form an exit route for groundwater which was trapped near the surface.

Installation

A Comacchio specialist drill-rig, mounted on track mats used to protect the playing surface, drilled holes at varying lengths from 1.5 metres to 12 metres. EGRP devices were capped and then vertically inserted into the bore holes respectively, penetrating a thick layer of heavy clay near the surface before reaching layers of unsaturated ground below.

Key features

  • Lack of disruption – no need to close facility
  • No outflow required
  • Deals with rainfall at source
  • Energy-passive requiring NO external energy source

“The Groundwater Team were a pleasure to have on site, best contractors I have ever had. The work was completed perfectly and the site left in the same condition as when they started. On top off all of this the drainage is working in the areas they installed and now are laying dry for the first time in ten years.’’ - Head Groundsman Richard Haynes