This summer’s extensive Selhurst Park pitch renovation is continuing to gather pace.
Last week we reported how ground staff at Crystal Palace had begun stripping top soil and sub soil down to 350mm, to enable them to start digging out perimeter drainage around the edges of the pitch.
All of this top and sub soil has now been successfully removed – some of which will be used at the training ground – with new drains being installed around the perimeter of what will eventually become the club’s plush new playing surface.
Bull dozers are hard at work moving earth to prepare the new formation surface, which will be sloped slightly differently to improve drainage at Selhurst.
On the old pitch, the crown was goal to goal, but the new design will see the pitch also fall away slightly to each corner, allowing more rain water to run off the turf at a quicker rate than before.
Work on installing the network of pipes and cabling for the new irrigation system has also got underway today and will continue throughout the weekend, as under soil-heating is introduced in SE25 for the first time.
The extensive changes will be completed in time for the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season, which kicks off in August.
For regular updates on the progress of the Selhurst Park pitch renovation, keep an eye on cpfc.co.uk.