Haverhill is a market town and civil parish in Suffolk, England. Clark & Kent was invited to tender for the project in 2019 and selected for several reasons.
Being a prominent city council, Suffolk Council placed great emphasis on health and safety within the tender. Clark & Kent were chosen to build the Puddlebrook pump track at Haverhill because of their external national health and safety accreditations by CHAS, Construction line and Acclaim.
The Puddlebrook pump track build is an excellent example of what can be done in a tight space.
Works at Haverhill pump track included construction of a temporary roadway into the site, fencing and relevant control and safety measures for visitors with special consideration for the nearby school. They also involved measurements mark out with the client and engineer, tree and root protection measures, site strip and clearance. Construction included drainage works, sub-base laying, Tarmac surfacing, concreting and a turfing scheme.
Haverhill offers various sporting activities, including a leisure centre with a swimming pool, gym and a children's soft play area, a skatepark, and now a four-straight pump track. The client's expectations were surpassed, and they have engaged Clark & Kent on other similar projects.
This track was designed for BMX and mountain bike users but is also much enjoyed by skateboarders and scooter enthusiasts. The track is open daily and is used by many people, from toddlers with their parents to older adults and experienced BMX riders. A Puddlebrook pump track user group, made up of local residents, works hard to make the track more accessible and popular. The Puddlebrook Pump Track Facebook group keeps users up to date and involved with the track.
The Puddlebrook pump track project was brought to fruition by the Haverhill South Peoples Forum with help from Community Action Suffolk and funded by The Peoples Health Trust. It was formed In partnership with Haverhill Community Trust and support from St. Edmundsbury Borough and Suffolk County Council. The track site is situated between the Clements Surgery and Clements Academy School on Greenfields Way.