MORTON MANÈGES ARE HIGHLY EXPERIENCED IN THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF ARENAS, PENS, STABLES AND OTHER EQUESTRIAN BUILDINGS FOR DOMESTIC, COMMERCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT SOUTH YORKSHIRE AND THE UK.

TIPS AND THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING AN ARENA…

BUDGET

Generally, arena costs are based on price per square metre, so clever design can shave the cost or allow you to use your budget more effectively. Rounding off corners for example, which you can’t ride into anyway can save up to 50sq m in a big arena.

LOCATION

Putting an arena into a challenging location will add cost to the ground preparations, so choosing a flat, well-drained area is always best where practical. Other considerations include proximity to the yard and/or house, making use of natural shelter, access for lorries and planning restrictions.

USE

A long and narrow 20x60m arena might be ideal for a dressage rider, but the same 1,200sq m laid out as 30x40m might be better suited for a general-purpose yard using it for jumping practice or multiple pupil lessons. We can advise you on the best use of your space for the most cost effective price.

FLEXIBILITY

If all you can afford for now is 20x40m, why not you leave space to extend when finances allow?

STAGES OF CONSTRUCTION

  • Topsoil is removed and the area levelled and slightly sloped.
  • Drainage channels are dug. No matter how good the surface, it will never be a satisfactory arena if it has poor drainage.
  • A geo-textile membrane is spread and overlapped into the drainage channels. This provides a layer between the excavated earth and the draining base.
  • Pipes are placed into the drainage channels and connected up.
  • A draining base such as limestone or granite is used. Poor quality stone, eg tarmac scalpings, can clog up the drainage system.
  • A membrane may be placed on top of the stone or the top layer is packed down with something like basalt grit. Membranes are not suitable for all surfaces and can rip and start to lift if incorrectly applied.
  • Four inches of topsurface is applied.

Many people think the best site for their school is on a useless piece of ground but without good access for the machinery involved, haulage costs can be greatly increased. We will carry out a site visit to help you choose the best location for your arena.

Other factors to consider are such as do you want fencing? Also, the amount of slope on the field can also affect costs. An arena can be built at any time of year, ground conditions and weather permitting.