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Case Study: Artificial grass surface for Sri Kuala Lumpur

by | Apr 19, 2017 | Artificial Grass

New artificial grass play and sports surface for international school Sri Kuala Lumpur

Sri Kuala Lumpur is an international secondary and elementary school providing excellent quality education that prepares students for the challenges of the 21st century. The campus, located in southwest Kuala Lumpur, is home to 2350 students from Klang Valley, including Subang, Kelana Jaya and Shah Alam.

Part of Sri Kuala Lumpur’s campus is a big sports and play field which is used for PE and occasionally for football tournaments. For years, the sports field was a natural grass field but due to frequency of use it wore out quickly. It had to be replaced every year.

When Sri Kuala Lumpur needed a new car park, the school decided to build it below the sports field. As the concrete used for the car park looked to be a low-maintenance solution, it was decided to replace the natural grass field with concrete. However, a concrete surface is not very appealing to play sports on and can even cause serious injuries.That’s why the school started to look for a more durable, safe and sustainable solution. Artificial grass was the answer.

When looking for ways to realize their ideas, they got in touch with Eco Outdoor Sdn Bhd. Eco Outdoor is active in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Their solution does not require rubber infill and is produced under very strict international safety standards. The Royal Grass products they use are made of fibers that do not contain any heavy metals or toxic chemicals and are therefore safe for children.

After considering various options, it was decided to use Royal Grass Exclusive in combination with clean and washed sand infill. All to be installed on a special energy shockpad system that helps to reduce the impact on the body and joints while playing on it. It further enhances the natural feel of the game. This combination provides maximum safety, playability and longevity of the artificial grass system.

 

Efficient drainage system

Because of the concrete flooring,  Eco Outdoor had to install a good, stable drainage system to ensure that all water can drain out fast during heavy rain. A layer of Atlantis draincells was positioned under the field. The system removes water quickly, which maximizes the hours that the children can play on the field.

Since the opening, the new sports field has been used intensively. Hanif Othman Merican, CEO of Sri Kuala Lumpur, is extremely pleased with the result:

“The response from students and teachers is very positive. They love playing sports on the newly installed field. And the grass remains nice and pleasant to play on even on warm days. We were prepared to install a sprinkler system to cool the field, but so far we don’t see a need for it.”