The 6,270 m² TigerTurf Evo Pro multi-sport field built at Elim Christian College is the first school in New Zealand with an Ecocept base construction. The base comprised 90% recycled plastic and rubber, pioneering radical improvements to sports base construction.
Performance Base Systems
A little over 9,000kgs of plastic went into
the synthetic turf here at Elim Christian
School. That’s a lot… BUT, TigerTurf recycled
and reused over 32,000kgs of plastic and
over 32,000kgs of rubber, that would have
otherwise ended up in landfill, to create the
Ecocept High Performance Sport Base.
That’s simply amazing! That’s equivalent to
approximately 50,000kgs of CO2 emissions!
TigerTurf is committed to sustainable strategies
that support healthy ecological systems. Elim
Christian College and our project partners,
Arrow Construction, share these values, and
together, we have achieved a remarkable first
for the New Zealand artificial grass industry.
The school had reserved a large area for a sports field, the last available site for this installation
TigerTurf was responsible for designing, planning and managing the construction of a pitch to include as many student sports activities as possible. By selecting TigerTurf Evo Pro, the school took a further step towards a sustainable facility.
This is one of our most durable turf products, which will outlast other surfaces and provide superb performance for many years.
The velvet green Evo Pro surface forms a full-size football and hockey pitch
Four further courts are set into the surface marked for basketball, netball and volleyball. Around the perimeter a brick-red, two-lane running track, which includes a 100m sprint track, encourages students to burn up excess energy. A long jump pit and run-up is installed alongside the pitch.
TigerTurf’s Evo Pro is our top range dressed hockey turf, certified for FIH National and ITF – Fast.
The finishing touches
Around the outside of the pitch, TigerTurf Summer Envy was laid to form a lush warm green lawn for frequently used areas, providing dry, comfortable seating for supporters.
TigerTurf Classic was used for the footpaths used by spectators at the facility. Find out more about Ecocept The decision to use our multi-functional base construction component, TenCate Ecocept, turned this project into a sports facility to inspire every other school planning a synthetic grass sports field.
Ecocept has many remarkable properties. It provides superior drainage, structural stability and shock absorption qualities. The structural design of Ecocept drains water from the surface both vertically and horizontally and depth of excavation can be reduced. It also meets the criteria for shock absorption set by FIH, FIFA and IRB.
The quantity of Ecocept used in the base construction for the Elim sports facility recycled over 65 tonnes of waste product, which has been converted into the material used in the
manufacture of Ecocept. Recycled waste forms 80% to 90% of the Ecocept product.