Somerset County Cricket
With a small out of season window to work in, we commenced work at the county ground at the end of the 2015 season. Having scoped the work and undertaken the prelims prior to the gates closing we were on site and ready to go from the off. The irrigation works were scheduled alongside the works to install approximately 3 miles of drainage pipework, allowing us to lay irrigation pipework simultaneously with the drainage pipework around the perimeter of the ground. The inner field pipework was installed via moleplough with careful coordination with the newly installed drainage network, this coordination allowed us to proceed ahead of schedule- a luxury when so dependent on the vagaries of the British weather.
Aware of the playing surface and player safety, our design called for the installation of Valve in Head sprinklers for the outfield and boundary and more discreet Pop-Up In Field Sprinklers nearer the wicket and areas of heavy wear. Additional manual watering points were positioned adjacent to the square to allow more targeted irrigation.
Head groundsman Simon Lee was provided with a purpose-built plantroom under the main stand but also access to a mobile Rain Bird MI System controlled via his mobile phone.
On the successful completion and commissioning of the system, the turf was reinstated, ground reseeded and of course the water turned on- the result a perfect wicket and outfield – all set for the coming 2016 season.