Tennis Court Construction

Tennis court construction - Sovereign Sports

Sovereign Sports are a team of contractors who specialise in constructing tennis courts and installing sports surfaces. We offer our services to clients throughout the South East of England, having installed tennis courts and MUGA surfaces in many schools, councils, clubs and private homes.

Once we have met you for an initial site visit, we will then provide you with a no-obligation quote for the work involved. Once we get your go-ahead, we will then work with you to get the work completed in an efficient and timely manner.

New Build – Planning Permission

Tennis Court Construction - Sovereign Sports

In most cases, the only planning permission you are required to obtain in advance is for the fence. However, this is rarely an issue, especially when new courts are being built within a private garden.

If the court is being built on land which requires a change of use, then the court area itself would require planning permission too. If you wanted to build the court in a field or meadow that backs onto the property, for example, then you would likely need to gain permission to build it on that proposed site.

To double check that your planned tennis court construction can go ahead, please visit the Planning Portal website.

Court Positioning

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Exterior tennis courts should ideally be positioned with their length running from north to south, in order to make the most of the sunshine. Since the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, its rays will shine across the court rather than in the face of the players – making it easier to focus on playing. This is not essential though, as we recognise that there might not always be the right space available. Our team are therefore more than happy to construct tennis courts which face in any direction.

Site Levels and Excavation

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A tennis court needs to be perfectly level so, in an ideal world, the site you want to build it on should already be reasonably level with no surrounding trees or foliage. If, however, the site has a significant slope then this could affect how long the excavation work will take to do, which may influence the cost involved.

That’s not to say that building a court on a slope isn’t possible – it is – it just takes longer. To build a court in a sloped area we would use a cut and fill method. This would involve excavating the specific amount of material from one end of the court, in order to raise the other.

While this may be quite a common practice during tennis court construction, it is also vital for the process to be carried out correctly. If it isn’t, the court’s quality may diminish over the coming years. In extreme situations, retaining walls may be required, which again would be reflected in the price.

Prior to the work commencing, we will remove any small trees or other obstructions. We can also remove any top soil that has been excavated from the site, although in a typical tennis court construction, this would be machine levelled around the court.

Construction Time

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To build a standard tennis court on a reasonably flat area, the construction time should take somewhere between 6 and 8 weeks – which will include the macadam curing period prior to the painting.

Likewise, we will also ensure that we keep all disruption to a minimum during the construction period, leaving the site in a clean and tidy condition once the construction has been completed.

Cost to build a tennis court

The total cost to build a tennis court can vary depending on a number of factors. For example, certain surfaces can cost more to install and, if your build poses potential construction difficulties, there could be increased labour costs involved too.

To get a precise quote for the work you’d like done, our team would need to arrange a free, no-obligation site visit with you. We would then be able to discuss your exact requirements with you at length before deciding on the best course of action.

Once we have identified the court surface you’re looking for, the timeframe of the work involved, and any potential labour costs, at this point we would be able to provide you with a quote for the work.

Surface Cross Section

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We offer tennis court construction services across the UK. From East and West Sussex to Hertfordshire, and Essex, we have constructed tennis courts in major towns and cities across the South East of England, including London, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, and Canterbury – to name just a few.


    New Build Case Study

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    Stone laid on geotex membrane
    Stone leveled
    Fencing and edgings installed
    New Macadam surface laid
    Finnished Court


    Surfaces Sovereign Sports offer a range of synthetic surfaces suitable for Multi use play. Ranging from Matchplay2, which is a 6mm sand dressed synthetic surface through to Conqueror 60 MF 3rd Generation 60 mm sand and rubber infill, ideal for five-side football.



    FencingOur company provides two systems as standard, tubular or angle iron powder coated in either green or black, installed around the perimeter of the court to a height of a 2.75m (9ft). There is a vast array of fencing systems on the market today, so if you have something in mind please don’t hesitate to contact us.



    MaintenanceAll surfaces need regular maintenance to retain good condition, whether it is porous macadam, synthetic clay, synthetic grass.
    Every surface should be swept clean and all leaves, pine needles, detritus and rubbish should be removed on a weekly basis



    floodlightsOur tennis court builders are able to offer 2 types of lighting system, Static or Retractable. Our retractable system is aimed more at the private client, being less obtrusive than the full size static option. The static system we offer complies with SAPCA and LTA recommendations and is the preferred choice for clubs and schools.


    Associated Work

    Perimeter pavingAlong with our main concern, being the construction of tennis courts and sports surfaces. We also carry out a wide range of associated works and optional extras which include double edge perimeters, personalised fencing posts, practice walls, retaining walls, paths, patio areas, steps and landscaping to the surround of the court.