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Materials scientist and sports technology consultant specialising in design, construction and testing of synthetic sports and playground surfaces including artificial grass, horse training tracks, tennis courts and atheletics tracks

Dr Paul Hawkins

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Dr.Paul Hawkins is recognised internationally as a leading expert in the field of sports surface and equipment science and technology. He is experienced in the design, construction and performance testing of all surfaces and equipment.
He operates his own Consultancy, devoted specifically to the Sports industry. He is experienced in a wide range of problem areas, including:

Construction specifications and tolerances
Performance of surfaces and equipment, particularly in relation to user safety
Environmental aspects, including air- and surface-water toxic contamination
Quality control of the raw materials used in the on-site production of sports surfaces
Performance of installers against contract terms
The failure and degradation of sports surfaces.



B.Sc.(Hons) University of London (1972) Physics
M.Sc. University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (1974) Materials Science
Ph.D. University of Manchester (1976) Materials Science and Technology



Fellow of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (F.I.MMM.)
Member of The Institute of Physics (M.Inst.P.)
Member of The Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management (M.I.L.A.M.)
Chartered Physicist (C.Phys.)


Areas of Expertise

Playground accidents
Accidents on sports surfaces
Playground Safety Surface design and construction
Tennis Court design and construction
Playground equipment safety
Artificial grass sports surfaces
Synthetic horse racing and training surfaces
Design and construction of athletics surfaces
Injuries relating to sports surfaces and equipment