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Case Study: St Luke’s Catholic College, Marsden Park

Synthetic turf and rubber playground surfaces for Sydney school expansion project


What we supplied:

Project snapshot

St Luke’s Catholic College is a large Catholic school in Marsden Park, catering for K-12 students as well as offering long daycare facilities. The school is undergoing expansion to serve the rapidly growing community in Sydney’s north-western corridor, and when fully established it will cater for around 2000 students.

Preferred Turf was pleased to be involved in Stages 1, 2 and 3 with FAL Constructions, a project that spanned a number of years.

To create an environment suitable for students of different ages, the architects involved in the project worked to design a space that both younger children and senior students could enjoy, encompassing a variety of playgrounds and recreational areas around the school grounds.


This wide-ranging project required a holistic design that was durable, low maintenance and provided an enjoyable and engaging experience for students.

Working with FAL Group Constructions and other key contractors, 3 stages of the project have been completed so far.

Preferred Turf has been engaged to supply and install over 4,500m2 of synthetic grass and rubber surfaces to date, delivering a quality result in tight time frames. Throughout the project, our team ensured works were completed well before the public opening of each stage.

How we helped

Working closely with the project architect, we provided advice and suggestions on suitable product choices and design for the famed area within the school known as the ‘Marketplace’. The final floor design featured a large Catholic cross in dark and olive green, adding a striking focal point to this frequently used area.

For the Marketplace, the team at Preferred Turf supplied and installed over 980sqm of 23mm Curly Pile Recreational Grass in the central courtyard, creating an attractive and hard-wearing space for regular school assemblies and events.

Available in multiple shades of green, this natural-looking synthetic turf is safe and resilient making it ideal for areas such as playgrounds. The UV stabilised material meets International Standards ISO9001 and ISO14001 and is made from eco-friendly recycled materials.

Additionally, large expanses of the school’s recreation areas were treated with rubber softfall surfaces. This pour-in-place rubber material is an ideal soft fall choice for schools and public play areas, being porous, non-slip and easy to maintain. Softfall can easily be transformed into organic shapes, creating fun and engaging three-dimensional play spaces.

As part of this project, a unique rooftop recreation space was created using Rosehill TPV rubber in complementary colours to create a design mimicking a map of Australia. Rosehill TPV is the gold standard in synthetic rubber surfaces, available in many different colours and patterns.

With the rooftop space finished off by the landscaping contractor with garden beds and shade sails, the area has been transformed into a functional and attractive play space.

The result

Principal contractor FAL Group Constructions noted that the Preferred Turf team provided excellent advice and support and ensured the project was completed on time and on budget.

“From the beginning, it has been an absolute pleasure dealing with Preferred Turf for the works completed at St Luke’s Catholic College,” says Ross, Project Manager at FAL Group Constructions.

“With the combination of their professional opinion and ‘out of the box’ thinking, they were able to plan and create an outstanding final product. They were honest and realistic from the very beginning in regards to the scope of works and what they were going to deliver, and completed the project in a quick time frame before school resumed for 2019.

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