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Temporary ground protection

Caddick Construction are nearing completion of building two new grandstands at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, home of the Leeds Rhinos rugby league team.

This work has involved extensive use of cherry pickers which have had to operate from on the pitch itself. To protect the stadium’s turf from damage, Caddick approached Ground-Guards Ltd.

The building company needed temporary ground protection, that could be installed and removed on a daily basis, and yet was strong enough to support the weight and leverage of large cherry pickers.

The product used was MaxiTrack. These 1.8 x 0.9m mats are made out of a plastic called Zetralene. Despite, the manufacturer says, being guaranteed unbreakable by vehicles up to 130 tones, these ground mats weigh only 40kg each, which means that they can be handled by two persons.

For Caddick this has proved essential, as the four trackways, one for each cherry picker, are set out by the crews each morning, and then dismantled and packed at the end of the day to let the pitch recover overnight. MaxiTrack mats have unique overlapping flange joints which bolt firmly together, which creates a continuous modular surface.



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