Winter 2016

A contribution to social cohesion

Sport, water and a social programme: that is the core of the recently implemented Colourfield in Delhi (India). The basis for this sports facility is a synthetic turf system from TenCate. It is a small-scale durable sports field that has lighting powered by solar energy generated on site and by means of GreenSource™ stores water in the field foundations and purifies this to become drinking water. In this way, Colourfield contributes to the community. 

A Colourfield is a ‘mini sports arena’ with sports facilities, lighting and clean drinking water. After dark, the sports field is lit by solar energy generated on site. Thanks to the GreenSource™ water management system, which is part of the integrated sports system, collected water is stored under the whole sports field and purified to become drinking water. The annual capacity is 17 million litres. 

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Colourfield is situated next to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi (India) (photo: Zwarts & Jansma) 

The implementation of Colourfield provides children with the opportunity to take part in sport and increases the safety and liveability of a town or neighbourhood. Colourfield combines sport with social, educational and economic aims. The system can contribute to employment and to strengthening the local community. The integrated system therefore responds to the 17 Global Goals of the United Nations for sustainable development. 

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Colourfield is a ‘mini sports arena’ with facilities, lighting and clean drinking water. Synthetic turf and subbase of the arena are composed of recycled materials (photo: Zwarts & Jansma)

Colourfield is an initiative of Dutch Sports Infrastructure (DSI) and is part of the programme Partners for International Business (PIB).  Amsterdam ArenA, Philips Lighting, Pentair/X-flow, Drain Products, Heras, TenCate / Greenfields, Poly-Ned, the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) and Zwarts & Jansma Architects are involved in the PIB programme for India.  ‘We see Colourfield as a fine initiative that offers the opportunity to contribute to the well-being and social cohesion in developing areas in India,’ says Erik Smits of Zwarts & Jansma. ‘We think that this concept can be applied not only in other locations in India but also in other countries where water is scarce and sun is abundant. Countries on the African continent spring to mind, and indeed Morocco has already shown interest.’

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