MSc & CST Expand Facilities
An increasing demand for the design, consultancy and testing services provided by Materials Science Consultants Ltd (MSc) and its in-house test laboratory the Centre for Sports Technology (CST), has led the Company to relocate its northern office and laboratory to new, larger premises in Matlock, Derbyshire.
The new site has approximately 50% more space than the Company’s previous premises, occupied since the northern office was opened in 1995. The increased laboratory space allows the Matlock laboratory to test products to the requirements of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), World Bowls Board (WBB), and All England Netball Association (AENA). The laboratory also has the equipment required to test synthetic turf football surfaces in accordance with the requirements of UEFA, with whom Alastair Cox, the Senior Consultant at Matlock, has been working closely during the development of UEFA’s recently launched Artificial Turf Manual.
The facilities at Matlock complement the Company’s testing facilities at its London laboratory in Greenwich, which is also able to test to the requirements of various national standards such as BS 7044 and DIN 18032.
The enlarged office space has allowed MSc to upgrade its CAD facilities allowing it to offer a more comprehensive design package as part of its feasibility, design and project management services for clients installing synthetic sports surfaces. One of the first beneficiaries of these new facilities is Sport England, for whom MSc, in conjunction with SAPCA, is currently preparing guideline specifications for multi-use games areas (MUGAs) to be funded through the £750 million New Opportunities for PE and Sport Programme.