University of Sydney
Synthetic Turf | Hockey
The Bruce Pryor hockey field at the University of Sydney Cumberland campus is named after the club stalwart and beneficiary who played for the University from 1956-1972 and became its President.
The ground is home to the Sydney University Hockey Club, the oldest hockey club in NSW. Prior to his passing, Bruce donated funds to the University to develop the brand-new field, which opened in 2017.
During excavations, the contractor found latent conditions in what appeared to be historical medical waste dumped at the site in a localised area.
The discovery of this required a prompt re-design of the perimeter interfaces of the hockey field surround to avoid disturbing this material. Further latent conditions included shallow electrical cabling which again required a redesign to avoid clashes.
SPORTENG was commissioned to carry out detailed design and provide construction phase services for this brand-new FIH ‘Wet’ National-grade field, and the facility included:
Benches for players and officials
6m high behind goal fencing
Spectator viewing terraced seats
DDA access ramp from altered carpark
Irrigation pump and tank to deliver FIH required precipitation across the pitch surface
Since the works were completed and the field opened for use, it has served the hockey needs of the university team and community teams, with the University of Sydney website indicating that the field received praise for being the ‘best hockey surface in Sydney’.
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