Clark & Kent was awarded the BMX track construction contract for the Burgess Park BMX Track, Southwark, thanks to the breadth of their portfolio, a worldwide reputation as BMX track builders and the attention to detail shown on previous projects.
Following the success of Peckham BMX Club and its rising reputation as one of the best BMX clubs in the country, the London Borough of Southwark decided to build a new BMX track at Burgess Park to meet national standards.
Peckham BMX had been riding out of a sub-standard informal track for many years. Along with the London Borough of Southwark, the club secured funding to commission a state-of-the-art national BMX track and supporting infrastructure and amenities.
Clark & Kent Contractors were involved in plans for a new BMX track right from the start working alongside LDA Design, Peckham BMX Club and the London Borough of Southwark. Once plans were finalised, Clark & Kent contributed a 3D mock-up and detailed BMX track construction drawings to allow officials and architects to measure and quantify materials necessary for the tendering process.
Included in BMX track construction works were:
The removal of hard and soft landscaped areas.
Remediation, placement, compaction and remodelling of 4,000 cubic metres of base material.
The supply and installation of asphalt footpaths, an access road and holding areas.
Construction of a comprehensive serviceable drainage scheme.
The excavation and installation of ducting to service the track.
The supply and installation of a starting gate system.
Sub-base groundwork and finished unbound surfacing.
Asphalt track surfacing.
A bespoke landscaping and planting scheme.
Following the completion of the project, CK Flash and Peckham BMX Club now draw in events such as the South BMX Championships and the National BMX Series. Burgess Park currently has one of the most extensive BMX tracks in the UK at 350 metres with three three-metre-high berms and a 70-metre pro straight, one of the most challenging in the country.
Centrally located in the heart of London, it attracts high-profile users, including international BMX teams racing the World Cup series and those on tour in the UK, including the US and Australian teams.
Burgess Park is a public park in Southwark, between Camberwell, Walworth and Peckham and at 56 hectares, it is one of the largest parks in South London. Unlike many London parks, Burgess Park was developed in a highly built-up area of the city that was previously housing, industrial and transport infrastructure.
The park reopened after an £8 million redevelopment project and won the prestigious BALI national landscape award for 'exceptional excellence' in landscape design, construction and maintenance.
Client: Southwark Borough Council
Location: Burgess Park BMX Track, Albany Road, London SE5 0AH
Other national BMX tracks from Clark & Kent
Cumbernauld, Dedemsvaart, Gravesend, Huyton, Landseer Park, Merton Saints, Nottingham Outlaws,
Perry Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Royston Rockets, Shanaze Reade, Telford, Western Titans.