Kenn Martin from McMahons is currently the project manager for the redevelopment of Greenvale Reserve’s oval number four, for Hume City Council.
The project was an open council tender for the construction of a new turf wicket and Santa Ana couch oval that is used for local cricket.
McMahons were shortlisted for the tender and went through many different submissions to get it into a budget and were then awarded it based on that.
McMahons started on site in Greenvale in July with earthworks and were lucky that some of the levelling and earthworks had already been done when they came in.
Kenn and his team did a cut-and-fill and reshaped the ground to give it a nice dome, and then once they had compacted and shaped it they did all the curved drainage works.
“Probably three quarters of the ground is fill and the club, as part of their own undertaking have been doing their own fill component over the last six years.
“So, a lot of the fill was already in place. We were able to come in, do the fill and get it cut down and trimmed and build up from there.
“We have got to have our turf down by October, so we can have a three month grow in period.
“They are hoping to play on it in early January.”
All the grounds at the Greenvale Reserve are maintained by the council.
In coordination with the council, McMahons will get the surface to the grow-in period, and once the grass goes in, the council will take over the site.
“We have reshaped the oval to give the field an even grade on all sections, because there was a lot of imported material and it was quite difficult to actually cut it evenly to give it a nice grade on it.
“So, we ended up cutting it and grading it and then using a lot of that other site material which was much finer and dragging it back onto the field and building it up with the better material.
“Then once we had done that we cut it, reshaped it, rolled it and got a nice even grade.
“From there we put a 250mm sand profile on it, to give it an even drain right around.”
There are 80 drainage centres at five and a half metre intervals right around the field.
All the irrigation is fed back into the reserves’ main pumps, which are connected to a dam.
There is also a potable supply of water for when the dam gets low or the water quality in the dam starts to drop.
This fills into the tank and then it all pumps back in to the irrigation.
The cricket wicket is on its own separate controller and is automated independently of the rest of the field with potable water available out in the centre for hand irrigation.
Kenn says that so far the project has come together really well and both the club and council are really happy with the way it is progressing.
Getting the base of the field right is what Kenn says has been the biggest challenge of the process.
“Working with the base has been a challenge, especially through the middle of winter trying to manage the weather. That is the hardest part, and hopefully as we come up out of the ground it will get easier.”
McMahons have had a team of six full time workers on site as well as occasional sub-contractors to assist with drainage.
“That’s the good thing about McMahons, 90 per cent of it we can do in-house,” says Kenn.
“It is really only the curb and the drainage we get outside help in, because with the drainage there is other specialty machinery required.
“It makes life so much easier doing most of it ourselves, all the irrigation was done with our own machines. We used all our own earthworks.
“Most of our machines are all GPS controlled, including the scrapers, the scoops for the base preparation and then the grader, which means you are only having to do everything once.”
Article courtesy of turfmate – www.turfmate.com.au