Category Archives: Democentre

Aerial picture St. Ives research facility with StadiaPitch demo site in foreground

STRI Research Centre

Category : Democentre

The STRI UK headquarters in West Yorkshire has an eight hectare plot devoted to the pursuit of sport turf perfection. St. Ives is the home of STRI`s sports surface design, advisory, research, business development and trial teams.


Greenhouse grass studies in StadiaPitch growth chambers at STRI facility at St. Ives

The Growth Chamber Research and Demonstration Site

Category : Democentre

We have six growth chambers at our research and demonstration site. Each chamber is equipped with LED lighting rigs, irrigation systems, sensors and other infrastructure. This has enabled the STRI research team to determine the best possible set up to be used in the StadiaPitch Storage Building. It has also enabled the team to determine  how to best use the relevant software and to develop unique growth maintenance programmes and procedures for groundsmen to use while the pitch is in the storage building.


StadiaPitch small tray testing site at STRI research facility, St. Ives, UK

The Small Tray Research and Demonstration Site

Category : Democentre

This site consists 60 1x1m modules. These were used to provide the STRI research team with a total of 240 turf edges, each 1m long, with which to screen a large number of different edge designs by subjecting them to a whole range of treatments. This has enabled the team to test and document the playability of almost any edge combination over the last two years to ensure the best design possible is used in the StadiaPitch modules.


Aerial shot of StadiaPitch research and demonstration centre at STRI research facilities, St. Ives

The Full Size Tray Research and Demonstration Site

Category : Democentre

This site is 360 m2 in area and consists of four full size modules, each measuring 4.5 x 9.0 meters.  The STRI research team conducts trials on this area to collect a range of data to enable the team to design the best system possible. As part of this process, they manage the playing surface in the same way as a world class pitch would be maintained to ensure the trial results are applicable to this standard of pitch. Run around on it and see for yourself!  Bosch Rexroth has installed a drive and control system under the modules, so we can move one of them. This enables us to show potential clients how good the edges appear when the modules are separated and what the joins look like when modules are brought together again after a “concert”. Take the StadiaPitch challenge and see if you can see the joins. We don’t think you will be able to do so!