Clark & Kent Contractors were contacted by Stockport Metropolitan Council following a proposal by the You Say-We Pay scheme.
The brief was to provide a small BMX play track on a recreation ground at Cheadle on the outskirts of Stockport.
Due to the success of our past projects in and around the Manchester and Cheshire areas we were selected to implement the design and build of the BMX facility within the available budget.
It was agreed that the pump track follow a typical design and be built to include four straights and three 180° berms.
Due to the wet nature of the site, it was decided to install a surface water soakaway system to help combat the saturated ground conditions.
All construction material had to be brought onto the track site in a careful manner in order to minimise the impact on the existing ground, which could easily be churned up by the wet and challenging conditions.
Construction methods were typical one employed for the UK climate and include earth based material, stone sub-base layer and a limestone top surface dressing.
Both the start hill and the corners had tarmac applied to the surface to maximise grip for BMX riders and to minimise the ongoing maintenance in the future.
Landscaping consisted of reusing existing topsoil stripped from the site, shaped sympathetically to blend with the new track and sown with grass seed.
On completion of the pump track, all access routes to the site were made good and reinstated where necessary.
The grand opening of the facility saw the Masters category BMX World Champion in attendance. The pump track is now well used by BMX riders not only from the local Stockport areas but also from further afield who come to enjoy this fantastic little pump track.