Drainage

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Drainage

Sportag® is part of the Lytag® product portfolio and is a sustainable, lightweight drainage material used extensively on golf course fairways and greens as well as all other sports playing fields. Sportag® lightweight aggregate's shape and regular grading make it an ideal medium for land drainage applications. 

The Olympic Park's training pitch was built with Sportag

SPORTAG® 10X MORE HYDRAULIC CONDUCTIVITY

With Sportag®, the previously flooded Olympic Stadium training pitch became playable in just 7 weeks

Hydraulic Conductivity

Sportag® hydraulic conductivity is 10 times that of some natural aggregates (Sportag® = 1.6 x 10-1 m/s), thanks to a void ratio of 40% between pellets.

Advantages: Drainage rates vastly improved with Sportag®

Benefits: Facility will be available more often.

IMPROVED DRAINAGE

SportagTM helped improve drainage at Cowdray Polo Park

Attenuation

Sportag® has a 30% moisture retention. This allows moisture to be released at a constant rate, 15L per m2 @ 100mm depth.

Advantages: Allows for a more even and controlled release of water.

Benefit: Healthier, more consistent facility.

STRONGER ROOTS,
HEALTHIER SURFACES

SportagTM is used in the turf trays at Cardiff Millennium Stadium

Root Growth

Sportag® 40% void ratio improves aeration compared to standard aggregate, allowing roots to penetrate to greater depths.

Advantages: Stronger root systems.

Benefits: A healthier more robust surface.

VIRTUALLY NO REDUCTION
IN VOLUME OVER TIME

With little degradation or settling, SportagTM is a perfect bedding for pipeline

Stability

Sportag® innate strength of 6.5N, means there is very little degradation over time. Making it a perfect bedding for pipeline (UPVC, concrete, clay or any other thermoplastics) as there is no settling over time. 

Advantages: A constant volume is achieved with no subsidence.

Benefits: Very little long-term maintenance needed.

CARRY TWICE THE
VOLUME PER TRUCK

Logistics

An articulated truck can carry 36m3 of Sportag® compared with 18m3 of natural aggregate. More volume per truck reduces vehicle trips, haulage costs and environmental impact. 

Advantages: Quicker delivery to site.

Benefits: Savings in time and haulage costs; less environmental impact.

EASIER TO PLACE

Sportag® round nature makes placement easy

Placing and Handling

Sportag® is half the weight of normal aggregates, reducing the risk of manual handling injuries. Its round nature and strength allows easy placement in even the most demanding of locations.

Advantages: Quick and easy to install; no specialist knowledge or skills necessary.

Benefits: Reduces labour costs and time. Will not damage maintenance machinery.

Case studies of where Sportag® has been used in land drainage applications:

 

SPORTS DRAINAGE EXPERTS 

 

Sheltons Sportsturf Drainage Machinery

Summary

Shelton Sportsturf Drainage have used Sportag® with their specialist drainage machinery and techniques for almost 20 years. Shelton design, manufacture and sell award winning machinery designed specifically for the drainage of sports pitches, turf playing surfaces and agricultural land. Along with their machinery, Shelton's advanced drainage techniques can be installed quickly and with little disruption to the playing surfaces so in the vast majority of cases you can 'drain today and play tomorrow'.

 

Sportag® is perfect for all SuDS Systems

Sportag® can be used in permeable pavements

SuDS

Sportag® regular spherical shape, 6.5N strength, 40% void ration and 30% moisture retention makes it perfect for all elements of a SuDS System.

Including:
• Trenches
• Micro Trenches
• Soakaways
• Pipe bedding
• Permeable pavements
• Green roofs

Sportag® has a 30% moisture retention. This allows moisture to be released at a constant rate of 15 litres per m2 @ 100mm depth.

Land drainage

Summary
 
Compared to standard aggregare, using Sportag® in land drainage applications:
  • Gives up to 10X more hydraulic conductivity (SportagTM = 1.6 x 10-1 m/s);
  • Releases moisture quicker (15L per m2 @ 100mm depth);
  • Enables stronger root systems (a high void ratio improves aeration);
  • Has virtually no reduction in volume over time (ideal for bedding pipeline);
  • Allows twice as much volume to be carried per truck;
  • Is easier to place;
  • Offers improved drainage rates, strong plant growth and
  • Substantial cost savings.