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Reading Pump Track, Berkshire


Following a public consultation process, Reading Borough Council identified the need for a multi -wheels sports area to help satisfy the local youngsters' ambitions. A 1980s BMX track was to be used as the location for the new facility to enhance and update their existing well-used playing field at Longbarn Lane recreation ground.

Long Barn Lane playing fields are a public open space with numerous pedestrian footpaths and pathways. Unfortunately, there is only one main entrance into the park, which we had to use for construction, and this was managed accordingly and in line with all HSE and CDM requirements. Additional safety measures were agreed upon and implemented coupled with a risk mitigation strategy to ensure the safety of all staff, members of the public and park users.

The old BMX track had many features and undulations incorporated into the new track design, giving a more exciting and engaging user experience and a longer journey around the shapes and features, creating a healthy and innovative way for the users.

The design was created to maximise the available sub-base materials and give a greater return on investment. The organic design presented various options and configurations to be enjoyed by the user0group's various disciplines, including BMX, MTB, scooters, skateboarders and rollerbladers. C&K was contracted to construct a full tarmac design that would cater for all wheeled sports enthusiasts at every age and level of ability.

The construction stage was completed over the winter despite adverse weather and ground conditions. The facility was completed in line with our successful comprehensive specification across all C&K tarmac pump track projects. We installed an additional pathway from the entrance to give the all-weather facility hardstanding access to all users throughout all seasons. The project was delivered per the seven-week scope of works, and the budget was not exceeded.

Scope of works included several stages of construction such as:

  • Site measure and mark out
  • Site strip
  • Complete remodelling of the landscape to the chosen design
  • Placement and compaction of materials
  • Sub-base surfacing
  • Tarmac surfacing
  • Full turf landscaping scheme
  • Thermoplastic track marking scheme

Other C&K pump tracks constructed in the Southeast include tracks at
Beggerwood, Cardfields, Danes Field, Farnborough, Fleet, Harrow, Hordle, Portsmouth, Pure Bicycles, Swingfield Minis & Totton.

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