Borehole Well and Irrigation System,
Down Royal Racecourse, County Antrim
DPS were contacted by the senior management of the famous Down Royal racecourse, Lisburn, County Antrim, to design and construct an irrigation system to maintain and soften the racecourse and ensure safe and perfect conditions for future, high profile races. Down Royal racecourse is approximately 3km long, 15m wide and requires a maximum application of 15mm of water laid over the entire racecourse prior to race day. This requires a readily accessible storage capacity of 675m3 of water, capable of being delivered over a 6 hour period.
DPS designed a tailored system to meet the specific requirements including a bore well to supply clean water, a storage facility and irrigation system.
DPS proposed drilling a 150mm diameter bore well to a depth of 80m capable of producing 20m3/hr. The bore well pumped directly into two large water storage tanks (395m3 capacity each) with approximately 20% in excess of the requirements. The water is spread on the course using an agricultural slurry spreader adapted for the purpose incorporating an umbilical pipe system to a trailing hose applicator.
The entire project, including the civil works, was designed and managed by DPS personnel and completed within budget and on time.