Disciplines : Groundworks, surfacing, lighting and a skin stressed modular canopy

The Brief

Strathdearn Community Group awarded DOE Sport North the contract to design and build a multi-use games area (MUGA) to cater for the local community. Tomatin is a small village in the Scottish Highlands and at 1000 feet above sea level experiences some of the toughest weather in Scotland. The need for a covered MUGA to all various sports to continue through the year was a key part of the project.

Build up and delivery

The 16 week project consisted of earthworks, pitch surfacing, fencing, floodlights and the installation of the canopy structure. DOE ‘Casolon’ 20mm sand filled synthetic turf was chosen for the playing surface with its ability to deliver a long lasting, high performance surface with consistent playing characteristics. All surround fencing was galvanised and powder coated to give an attractive and protected finish. Floodlights were installed to extend playing hours and are controlled through a token meter system.

MUGA with Canopy.

All Year Round play in the Highlands

The Results

The covered MUGA provides a multi-use facility that the whole community can enjoy. Primarily used for tennis and football it is now a model for a similar project that is planned for nearby Rothiemurchus. The canopy has performed well through the Scottish winters and local sport is flourishing as players can train and practice in all weathers

Tomatin Cover

“The canopy at Tomatin has been a great success and has proven that this form of construction is ideal to provide all year round play in Scotland”