Success at the Commonwealth Youth Games
In early 2011 Charles Lawrence Surfaces successfully won the
bidding process for the supply and installation of the main playing
surface for the Isle of Man Commonwealth Youth Games 2011. The
9,500 square metre facility was to form the lead venue and
centrepiece to the games and was also to host the international
rugby tournament which formed part of the programme of events.
The island played host to 64 Commonwealth countries all
converging to compete across a range of sports during the summer of
Charles Lawrence Surfaces were on an extremely tight 6 week
programme to complete the works so it was clear from the start that
this could only be achieved by meticulous planning and attention to
The playing surface selected was a Lano Profoot MXSi 65mm
Rugby/Football surface. This state of the art 3g sand and rubber
filled carpet was installed on a in-situ rubber shockpad 25mm
All the materials were shipped to the island including the
specialist plant required for the installation process. The fine
tolerance base works were completed by our own in house civil
engineering division, Woodholme Construction, and the playing
surface was laid by our own specialist installation teams.
Despite the logistical hurdles and the tight programme we are
very proud to have achieved all of our deadlines and targets, with
the Bowl hosting the prestigious opening ceremony in September
Perhaps more importantly we were delighted to have contributed
to a facility that was worthy of this high profile event.
Following the games, Charles Lawrence Surfaces returned and, as
planned, converted the installation to be more biased towards
football usage. Being situated in the capital city, Douglas, The
Bowl now stands proud as the Island's main football venue.