Clark and Kent Contractors, renowned for their expertise in constructing innovative and dynamic recreational facilities, undertook the development of the all-weather tarmac pump track in Ouston, County Durham.
The 3,000-strong village of Ouston, in County Durham, is about 8 miles south-west of Newcastle upon Tyne. The community of Ouston wanted a versatile outdoor recreational BMX track that could cater to various age groups and skill levels. The desire was to create a space that promotes an active lifestyle, fosters social interaction, and encourages skill development, particularly in biking.
The BMX track building project objectives included the need to design and construct a pump track suitable for different types of bicycles, including BMX, mountain bikes, and scooters. The client wanted an all-weather track to be used year-round in any weather conditions. They wanted to ensure accessibility for riders of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced BMX biking enthusiasts, and they wanted to involve the local community in the planning process to address specific needs and preferences.
Clark & Kent BMX track builders were faced with several challenges, including some diverse weather conditions, including rain and snow, which posed a challenge when creating an all-weather facility. The space limitations required an efficient BMX track layout design that would maximise usage while adhering to strict safety standards, and the project needed full community approval and consensus around concerns about noise, safety, and aesthetics.
The track planning process involved workshops and community meetings to gather input, address concerns, and ensure the facility met in full the local community's expectations. Clark and Kent Contractors provided a pump track designed with modular elements, allowing for flexibility in layout adjustments to accommodate the space constraints. The BMX track builders opted for a high-quality tarmac surface that ensures the necessary durability to withstand adverse weather conditions. They also provided a state-of-the-art drainage system, incorporated to prevent waterlogging and to facilitate quick drying after rain.
The Ouston pump track project was executed in phases, allowing sections of the track to be opened progressively, ensuring a timely and safe construction process. Local artists were engaged to add aesthetic elements to the facility, enhancing its visual appeal and fostering a sense of community ownership.
The pump track has become a focal point for Ouston village gatherings and events, promoting social cohesion. Riders of all ages have the opportunity to enhance their biking skills, contributing to a healthier and more active lifestyle.: The facility attracts visitors from neighbouring areas and brings economic benefits to local businesses.
The all-weather pump track in Ouston is a testament to the successful collaboration between Clark and Kent Contractors and the local community. By overcoming challenges and delivering a versatile and resilient recreational space, the pump track project has significantly contributed to the well-being and vitality of the community.