Groundhog Days at Gloucester
With echoes of the early nineties ringing in their ears and
Nirvana, the Pet Shop Boys and Vanilla Ice still playing out on
their car cassette players, the team from Charles Lawrence Surfaces
returned to Gloucester to revisit and reconstruct two of their
original installations of 1990 and 1993.
Plock Court was originally constructed as a full size sand
filled pitch and was, at the time, sited in a fairly lonely set of
playing fields set within a flood plain. Today the site is a hive
of activity, being developed over the years with the addition of
the Oxstalls Tennis Centre boasting first class facilities for
indoor and outdoor tennis as well as coaching and classes for all
The old pitch surface was removed along with the original
"Polymac" shockpad. Following renewing of the original kerbs the
pitch received a layer of macadam installed by our in house civil
engineering division, Woodholme Construction. The facility was
further enhanced by a new fencing system and alterations to the
floodlights providing more modern lamp units and additional
flexibility to the switching options.
The synthetic system chosen was a new 15mm shockpad overlaid
with a Lano Revolution sand dressed carpet which will continue the
venues fine reputation well into the future.
At the same time we were also pleased to return to Blackbridge
Athletics Track, sited across town from Oxstalls. Charles Lawrence
Surfaces originally converted this facility from a rather neglected
cinder track to a porous synthetic facility back in 1993. Following
a successful competitive tender we returned this year to remove and
replace the existing synthetic surface The opportunity was taken to
upgrade the home straight to a full 8 lane facility, as well as
moving the horizontal jumps and adding a state of the art
floodlighting system. The site was finally given a new bespoke
entrance and car park which will further reinforce the stature of
the club and facility.
Many thanks to all those at Gloucester and we look forward to
returning in about 2025!