Project Description

Newcastle Royal Grammar School, November 2012

Surface Performance, an independent UKAS accredited sports testing consultancy, evaluated the old playing surface at Newcastle Royal Grammar School and implemented the UK’s first zero waste specification for its relocation. The existing 8 year old sand filled carpet had been badly flood damaged and was suffering extensive seam and inlaid line failure.

The reclamation process was undertaken by Xtraction over 5 days, and the following values were released from the old 5,000 m2 sand filled carpet.

  • Stage 1: Over 110 tons of sports silica infill (river washed sand) was bagged and then stored on site. The recovered silica infill was found to be of a grade suitable for reuse. However, the silt content caused by the flood damage raised concerns and this infill was then relocated to a local golf club for sand bunkers and top dressing.
  • Stage 2: Over 2,500 m2 of the original carpet, which was then free of infill was identified as fit for reuse as a sports grass.
  • Stage 3: Remaining damaged and heavily worn carpet, free of infill, was identified as being fit for recycling. The recycling process was based on extrusion and this can only be undertaken where carpet is free from infill.