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Sovereign Centre Skatepark, Eastbourne

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Sovereign Centre Skatepark

Clark & Kent Contractors was awarded the contract to design and build a new skatepark at the Sovereign Centre, Eastbourne. All stakeholders and key users were engaged and consulted on the final proposals before construction work started. Working closely with the mixed user group and the public, Clark & Kent created a unique skatepark scheme designed to blend perfectly within the existing landscaped area. Our proposals surpassed the requirements and ambitions of the enthusiastic user group.

The original wooden skatepark at the Sovereign Centre had served local mini-wheeled users for well over ten years, and the sport had developed a large, enthusiastic user group. Plans to extend the Sovereign Centre meant the long-standing, successful wooden skatepark had to be relocated 100 metres east along the promenade.

Construction started in December 2019, and the team made significant progress through some harsh winter months with an inspired effort onsite. The project was completed in March 2020 on time and within budget. The construction period was 14 weeks from the start of skatepark building works for Eastbourne Borough Council. The ambitious skatepark design was greeted with enthusiasm from skatepark users and the broader community of Eastbourne.

The new Sovereign Skatepark is built on the seafront on Prince William Parade east of the Sovereign Leisure Centre and a little further up the beach from the old demolished skatepark. Nearly 2,000 people participated in a skatepark design survey, and consultation included workshops with local skateboarders.

With the beach just a few metres away, riders often experience windy conditions, but a row of trees offers some protection. The new skatepark is laid out in a dual half-pipe configuration with many options for transitioning between the half-pipes. The park features a mini ramp, flat banks, quarter pipes, a jump box, a spine, a fun box and driveway, as well as several rails and ledges. Take a look at RideUKBMX's independent spot-check review of the Eastbourne skatepark.

Here is some footage of Eastbourne skatepark by local film editor Ben Campbell. Thanks for letting us use the video, Ben.

Location: Sovereign Skatepark, Prince William Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 7LQ

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