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An effective drainage system will extend the life and enhance the quality of your playing surface by significantly reducing the chances of waterlogging and the subsequent soil compaction that occurs.

Chappelow Sports Turf offers a full drainage system design service, taking account of soil type, topography and available outfalls. We use our own specialist machinery and equipment, all of which are fitted with low ground pressure tyres specifically for these operations to ensure minimal compaction to playing surfaces.

We can deliver both primary and secondary drainage systems which can be installed on an existing playing surface or implemented into the design and build of any new surfaces or facilities.

Primary drainage systems

A primary drainage system consists of a network of lateral drains that carry water to a main drain or outfall and away from the playing surface. Primary drainage systems also form the infrastructure for any subsequent secondary systems.

Secondary drainage

A secondary drainage system can be installed where primary systems are insufficient to disperse all surface water. Secondary drainage systems intercept surface water and convey it rapidly to the lateral drains of the primary system. This ensures that playing surfaces are usable as soon as possible following heavy rainfall.

Typical secondary drainage operations include sand slitting and gravel/sand banding among others.


If you’d like to discuss your next project with us, please get in touch, we’d be happy to help info@chappelowsportsturf.co.uk