Battle Town Council approached Clark & Kent Contractors to help develop an initial concept for their new mini wheels project on Battle recreation ground in East Sussex. Battle is extremely sensitive to new developments due to the proximity of the site of the historic battle of 1066. The recreation ground is also a focal point for the whole community.
Clark & Kent helped develop the design and costings for the Battle pump track project, and the company was delighted to succeed in a public tender to secure the site's construction. The Battle pump track is constructed on the lower tier of the site and requires an extensive drainage scheme due to the unusual topography.
Battle pump track construction proved to be an exciting and organic build, carefully considering tree roots and mindful of the local ecology. The work was completed in six weeks in December and January 2020.
The local community has well received the exciting new Battle pump track. The town council organised an opening event which made for a brilliant day of activities and encouraged numerous new users.
The pump track in Battle forms part of a cycle skills area for all ages in a recreation ground. It's a purpose-built area where cyclists, rollerbladers and scooter users can develop skills away from traffic and pedestrians.
A configuration of simple loops is designed for younger riders, and a more advanced section has challenges for more experienced riders.
It is part of the Battle Health Pathway, a project aimed at improving access to the recreation ground for all Battle and surrounding area residents. The pathway can be used by people of all ages – walkers, runners, young cyclists, scooter users, people with mobility difficulties, and people working to regain fitness.
Location: Battle Pump Track, Asten Fields, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0HP