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Duralock Appoints New Business Development Director

Duralock Performance Fencing is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Bartle as its new Business Development Director.
Duralock was established 25 years ago and is fully rooted in the equestrian and sports industry; their innovative PVC-u fencing products can be seen at prestigious racecourses and stadiums across the world.
Matt Bartle is joining Duralock to identify new opportunities for the business outside of the equestrian market. Matt has over 18 years’ experience in the sport industry, having worked for both Sport England and The Football Association. His wealth of experience and knowledge of the sports industry will prove invaluable to the growth of Duralock’s presence on and off the field.
Jonathon McGovern, CEO said “Matt is an outstanding addition to the team. He will bring his market awareness and expertise to help further establish the Duralock brand.”
Matt added, “I have joined a progressive company at a very exciting time, I am looking forward to working with a great team. I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to drive an outstanding product to the grassroots sport community.”


Planning permission granted for Compton and Edrich Stand redevelopment at Lord’s

•    Planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of the Compton and Edrich Stands at Lord’s
•    Designs by WilkinsonEyre bring distinctive architectural appearance to Lord’s that complement its unique setting
•    Capacity of the ground will increase to 31,000; public amenities to be significantly improved
•    Construction to start 24th August 2019
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has been granted full planning permission by Westminster City Council to construct two new three-tier stands to replace the existing Compton and Edrich Stands. The redevelopment of the stands at Lord’s Cricket Ground forms the second phase of the ground’s updated Masterplan.
The designs by double Stirling Prize winners WilkinsonEyre, who are responsible for the current refurbishment of the Grade II*-listed Battersea Power Station, will remain consistent with the overall architectural identity of Lord’s and the ‘village cricket green’ ethos, whilst working to improve the overall harmony of the north-east end of the ground. The plans include much needed upgraded amenities. There are currently no facilities within the existing stands, with poor sightlines in the lower tiers. The new designs include integrated catering and WC facilities, and vastly improved sightlines for the seats in the lower levels which will substantially improve the spectator experience. The seating capacity of the new stands will be increased by around 2,500, accommodating 11,500 spectators overall, which will enable MCC to better satisfy the demand for tickets from the general public, and there will also be wheelchair-accessible spaces as well as lift access at all levels.
Construction is due to commence after the completion of this summer’s major matches on 24th August 2019. The rapid-build design sequence has been developed to minimise interruption to match fixtures, with the new stands’ seats due to be ready for use during the 2020 season. Fully fitted-out facilities are scheduled to be completed for the summer of 2021. The stands are anticipated to cost in the region of £50m.
MCC Members will be asked to approve the plans at the Club’s AGM in May 2019. MCC Chief Executive & Secretary Guy Lavender said: “MCC is delighted to receive planning permission for the redevelopment of the Compton and Edrich Stands. We are excited to be commencing another transformational development at Lord’s, and by raising the capacity to 31,000 we will be able to welcome more spectators to enjoy matches at the largest cricket ground in the country, here at the Home of Cricket. The redevelopment will be an outstanding addition delivering world-class facilities, ensuring that Lord’s remains the finest ground in the world to watch, and play cricket.”


Deep Aeration Cures Waterlogging Long Term

Heavy downpours of rain on compacted grass areas on sports pitches, bowling greens, golf courses and amenity areas can leave standing water, rendering them unusable and stopping play. The action of normal aeration, use of machines and foot traffic over time can leave areas compacted and panning occurs, causing poor drainage and depriving grass roots of oxygen and nutrients. Sports turf specialists Terrain Aeration have been providing a long-term solution to this for over twenty five years, using one- metre deep penetration of the playing surface.
The Terrain Aeration Terralift machine not only solves the immediate compaction problem, the process has a beneficial effect that lasts many years. It works like this. The Terralift hammers a hollow probe one metre into the soil using a JCB road breaker gun (this is because the ground is usually so compact at depth that it needs this hammer to break through). Once the probe has reached one metre depth, compressed air is released up to a maximum of 20Bar (280psi), the Terralift being the only machine using such high air pressure, which is needed to fracture and fissure the soil. The probe is withdrawn and the process repeated using two-metre centre spacings on a staggered grid pattern – this means that each shot interconnects with the previous ones.
On the tail end of the air blast, dried seaweed is injected which sticks to the walls of the fractures and fissures and, over time, expands and contracts with the moisture content in the soil – similar to “breathing” underground. The 1½” probe holes created by the Terralift machine are backfilled with aggregate to provide a semi permanent aeration/ventilation shaft, helping to keep the whole aeration process working. The top 1” should be topped with the usual top dressing to encourage grass growth over the probe holes. The Terrain Aeration process is ecologically sound, there is no mess and once the pitch or green has been given a light mow it’s ready for play to resume.
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