In 2015, Eastbourne Borough Council put out a tender to design and build a wheeled-users BMX Pump Track, aimed primarily for use by cyclists.
The council was looking to couple the PumpTrack with a newly-constructed skate park in order to complement the existing park provisions.
Clark & Kent Contractors were contacted because of their previous experience in this type of work, their involvement in similar projects and their efficiency when operating in public open spaces.
Clark & Kent were selected to undertake the complete works, from the planning stage through to the final handover. The project consisted of various tasks including;
When designs had been approved and planning applications granted Clark & Kent began working alongside architects, designers and planning officers before diggers moved on the site in August 2015.
The design incorporated an area of approximately 60 x 40 metres which included seven straights and six tarmacadam berms.
The design brief for the BMX project insisted that the facility be inclusive to all levels of ability and the layout of the track to lend itself to all types of user, from beginner to experienced rider.
Given the location of the site and number of potential users, the Council opted for tarmacadam surfacing on the starting area and corners, a decision that helped to reduce maintenance costs.
A typical limestone surface was used to give a smooth riding track and also make this an all-weather facility.
As the site had previous problems with standing water Clark & Kent was also contracted to implement an extensive ground drainage scheme that included multiple stone-filled trenches and culverts.
The build time for the project was five weeks; longer than usual due to the restricted access and some adverse weather conditions during construction.
However, the Pump Track project was finished promptly given the circumstances and has since proved to be a great success. The Eastbourne BMX track now has its own Facebook page.