GRASSPORTS AUSTRALIA AND WILLIAM LOUD – FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

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Grassports Australia, the industry leader in supplying and installing synthetic grass sports facilities, has acquired the business of William Loud. 

This is an exciting development for Grassports Australia, our customers and the customers of William Loud, as we continue to expand our team adding and extending our already broad skills base. 

Grassports Australia connects active people by providing healthy, colourful and safe environments. We provide customised synthetic grass and hardcourt surfaces for sports fields, tennis courts, multipurpose learning and play spaces. 

From a single backyard tennis court to an international FIFA certified soccer complex, Grassports offer an Australian made, specialised range of synthetic sports surfaces for students, families, sports people and performance athletes. 

William Loud bring a wealth of experience to the Grassports team. Like Grassports Australia, they specialise in sporting surfaces for tennis, netball, hockey and athletics facilities. They also have expertise in civil projects, including rubber softfall playspaces. 

With a business heritage of over 45 years, Grassports Australia is proud to continue the William Loud 140 year business journey. 

We will continue to supply the same level of exemplary service to our existing and new William Loud customers and we look forward to providing healthy and fun environments for active people into the future. 

Owner Bernard Evans cites this strategic acquisition as a major milestone in not only the Grassports journey but the industry in general, marrying the skill sets developed over a joint 185 year journey in the sports industry.

New Project - Carnegie Library

The Carnegie Library Play area was just such a challenge.

The City of Glen Eira approached us to rejuvenate a faded old rubberised children’s playground. Sounds simple enough: but there were many challenges!!

William Loud - Carnegie Library

The design and layout of the play area was extremely detailed meaning a lot of very fine intricate work, not what our men are generally confronted with. There were also several vertical surfaces. One of the great shortfalls of rubber is the difficulty of laying vertically.

The first challenge was to price a project when you are not sure how long it will take, or, in fact how you are actually going to do it!!!

Having crossed that hurdle, the job commenced. Safety was a big issue as the area is in the middle of a heavily used pedestrian thoroughfare. Good perimeter fencing and attention to all the hazards were essential.

The next step was to carefully record and map out the colours and patterns. Modern day phones and their cameras were a godsend in this step.

Next stage was to remove the existing surface, again being in a public area, safety for all concerned was a priority.

Now the real work commenced! We used a rotating group of four men for just over a month to get the job done.

And what a result. Not only did we pioneer a new method of laying a heavy coverage of rubber on vertical surfaces but we have also produced a sensational playground with incredible colours that will last for many years to come.

Well done to all of our workers involved in this project which stands aside our 3D Snakes and Ladders as the most challenging rubber projects we have ever undertaken. Every now and then a challenge comes up that you just cannot resist.

New Project - Suzanne Corey High School Werribee

Wm Loud has recently taken an old cracked asphalt area at Suzanne Corey High School Werribee, and turned it into a high class multisports surface.

 This project is a good example of why you should use an experienced contractor like Wm Loud for your next project!

This project is a good example of why you should use an experienced contractor like Wm Loud for your next project!

Using our considerable experience and knowledge we were able to advise the school on the best way to proceed from the initial design of the project, to the construction of te project, right through to the last drop of acrylic surface.

The original asphalt surface was had cracked and had moved to such an extent that it was untidy at best and even a bit unsafe.

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Whilst asphalt has its place in many circumstances this was not one of them. The West of Melbourne is well known for its unstable basalt soils and because of this we determined that a concrete base was the most suitable option to give a good long term finish.

The asphalt was profiled out, new crushed rock brought in to correct the falls and improve drainage and then a concrete slab with perimeter drainage was laid, all to match the existing footpath levels.

The only issue was, we could not access the site with trucks, our solution, build a new concrete bridge straddling the swale drain.

The school is ecstatic with the end result and the children are flocking back to play on a vastly improved surface.

Dynapoint indoor flooring…. and what a result!

William Loud have completed their first installation of Dynapoint indoor flooring…. and what a result!

 St Kilda PCYC - before Dynapoint

St Kilda PCYC - before Dynapoint

 St Kilda PCYC - after Dynapoint

St Kilda PCYC - after Dynapoint

 

Dynapoint is a highly resilient indoor polyurethane flooring ideal for indoor multisports areas in schools, sporting grounds and gyms. This application was a basketball court at St Kilda PCYC.
 
A big Thanks to Mick Duggan at Polytan STI for his expert tutelage and patience. A fantastic result all around! 

To see if Dynapoint is the right surface for you email us on wmloud@wmloud.com.au

WATERMARC - GREENSBOROUGH

 

William Loud is a civil construction and sports surfacing company operating predominately within Victoria but also Australia wide for specific projects.

 

Our team have excelled again at the Indoor Splash Park, Watermarc Greensborough.

 

The previous delaminated surface was removed, the floor relevelled and then our boys wove their magic.  The end result is a sensational vibrant surface that we are proud to put our name to.

 

Works were completed on time and on budget.  The end result produced a quality play area for children and they will enjoy many hours of fun!

The 'High End' of Rod Laver Arena

Which is the High end at Rod Laver arena?

You will often hear commentators say that a player is serving from the High End of Rod Laver Arena.

Have you ever wondered which end that is?

The truth is that the courts on Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court and Hisense arena are all flat!

It is usual when building tennis courts to ensure that they have a consistent fall both across and along the court (generally 1%). It is important that the entire playing area and run off are on one plane. The court should not be cambered or peaked.

Because RLA, MCA and Hisense are all indoor courts they have been built flat, as have all of the other indoor courts at Melbourne Park.
The Melbourne Park outdoor courts are a little bit flatter than we would normally build a court, but then most people don't have staff members to dry them off when it rains!

All of the courts at Melbourne Park are built on an asphalt base. This was done when we redeveloped the centre, in 2007, to ensure that the playing characteristics of all courts are the same. It is felt by some that the feel of asphalt and concrete are different even under a cushioned surface. This is especially the case for the elite tennis players of the world.

So the next time you hear a commentator say that a player is serving from the high end of Rod Laver arena, you can have a little chuckle to yourself!