Immediately following the conclusion of the spectacular Opening Ceremony on the Friday night, White Horse Contractors arrived at the Stadium in the early hours of Saturday morning to begin their carefully programmed works. The protection boards and all the Opening Ceremony paraphernalia had been cleared to allow access to the track infield. White Horse Contractors were allowed a strict and narrow window of just 24-hours to re-turf the entire track in-field before the Games began just 48-hours later.
With the first of 26 lorry-loads of specially grown turf arriving at 08:00am, and the entire project team watching, the White Horse Contractors team worked within a very tight timescale to deliver the entire pitch back to elite level play by Monday morning. The challenge was made all the greater by the very difficult logistics of working within a stadium bowl to overcome, numerous other trades working in close proximity and secure regulations to manage.
The turf used to re-surface the in-field was harvested just 5-hours before arriving at the Alexander Stadium, having been transported from the Lincolnshire turf farm where it had been specifically grown for the Games. The new thick-cut turf was expertly laid with precision with the support of our supply chain partners, County Turf and project managed by our Contracts Manager, Tom Iles.