The Jakarta Post
English third-tier soccer club Tranmere Rovers, which is partially owned by Santini Group, one of Indonesia’s leading conglomerates, has entrusted top contractor John Mallison to renovate the surface of its home ground, Prenton Park.
“This project is the fruit of the hard work by our management and will be primarily financed by our Indonesian partner, the Santini group,” the club’s chairman Mark Palios said as quoted by kompas.com on Thursday.
Palios said the reason behind Mallison’s appointment was crystal clear, as he had a proven track record building some of finest facilities of English soccer clubs. Mallison is widely known as the person behind the appearance of some of England’s finest soccer pitches, including the surfaces at Wembley, Old Trafford and Anfield.
He added that the club planned to use a Desso Grassmaster design that combines real grass with plastic-based fibers. Palios said in order to support the design of the surface, the club also planned to replace its underground water system.
The project is set to begin immediately, amid the COVID-19 outbreak that has brought a halt to all soccer leagues across the country.
Santini Group, owned by brothers Wandi Wanandi, Lukito Wanandi and Paulus Wanandi, sons of tycoon Sofyan Wanandi, bought a stake in the club in Sept. 4 last year. Through its ownership in the club, the Santini group has planned a series of projects aimed at boosting the performance of local talents.