Game, set and match with CONIPUR PRO CLAY
26. January 2021
Whether for public use or a private club: a great deal of planning and calculation goes into renovating sports facilities. Once the decision has been taken to go ahead, things should get moving as quickly as possible because the operator will want to shut the facilities for as short a time as possible. That’s only possible with first-class materials and an efficient company to handle the installation. Both factors came together for the tennis courts at DJK Singen.
The tennis courts at DJK Singen were created a good four-and-a-half decades ago. The club is family-friendly, but the quality of the facilities is also important. With this in mind, the plan was to provide four high-maintenance tennis courts covering a total area of 2,680 m² with an all-weather clay court system. The work was carried out by Hermann Kutter GmbH & Co. KG, one of the leading companies in the construction and maintenance of sport and leisure facilities in southern Germany. The decision was taken to opt for CONIPUR PRO CLAY as the surface, a clay tennis court system certified by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) that can be used all year round and that can even host top-ranking tournaments such as the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. It is characterised by an absolutely level playing surface, which means that it provides first-class playing conditions, such as consistent bounce and controllable sliding characteristics. The surface is also kind to the joints compared to hard courts and carpets, and there is less risk of injury.
CONIPUR PRO CLAY is frost-proof and has a winter-resistant lining. Play is therefore possible from the first days of spring until deep into autumn, increasing the use of the court. The surface is also extremely water-permeable, with the result that the court can be used again quickly after rainfall. The longer period of use through the year is combined with lower maintenance costs and an above-average service life – benefits that conventional clay courts are unable to offer.
Professional surface installed by professionals
But the clay court system can only demonstrate its outstanding characteristics if it is installed properly – no easy task, because the surface has to be laid with millimetre precision on an unbound base made of a mixture of various stones with rolling material. Thanks to its years of experience, Kutter is an expert in this work. For the customer, of course, it is attractive from a cost point of view if the subsurface only has to be levelled again once the old surface has been removed. Costly works, such as excavation and installation of a special subsurface, are not required. The strong base covering, which is both a supporting and a wear-resistant layer, is designed for this. It is made of brick chippings bound with polyurethane. The winter-resistant lining, which overlaps it by about 2 mm, is glued to this. The brick dust then scattered over it therefore stays in place. It then has only to be watered and levelled. Kutter completed this work in just two weeks, an extremely fast completion time. As a result, the club was able to make full use of the early days of spring and quickly recoup its investment in a literal sense.
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