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Clark & Kent Contractors were approached by the Runnymede Rockets BMX Club, which is based in Addlestone in Surrey.

The Rocket's initial brief was to design a new BMX track located on the same footprint of their existing circuit.

The Rockets were quite sentimental about preserving the original track. They had one of the oldest and most well-established clubs in the UK and they didn't want to deviate too far from the original and create a new track without any character.

The primary objective was to finalise designs with a view to making a planning application and then to find the funding to update the facility.

Clark & Kent worked tirelessly with the club to deliver a BMX track design following correspondence and consultation with both the user group and active club members.

When all stakeholders were happy with the design, it was subject to a planning bid which fortunately went through without hiccup and the primary task of securing funding began.

Once funding was secured, we were approached by the Rockets for the second time and Clark & Kent was contracted to undertake the BMX track upgrade work at very short notice.

The club had decided to start the project quickly intending to complete the upgrade in time for the South Regional racing event in August 2015.

The team carried out the rebuilding and restructuring tasks within a very limited timescale and with the utmost attention to detail while adhering to health and safety requirements.

The BMX building works included;

  • Formation of existing material
  • Compaction of material
  • Sub base surfacing
  • Tarmacadam surfacing
  • Drainage modifications
  • Line markings
  • Landscaping scheme
  • Making good and reinstating areas disturbed by the works.

Since the rebuild, the Runnymede Rockets BMX track has been a brilliant success for both the club, the local community and the South BMX region. The large catchment area has meant that rider numbers have continued to increase and this enables the club to go from strength to strength as an organisation.

Runnymede Rockets Chairman Tony Horan commented on the BMX track rebuild: "It was a pleasure to work with a professional team like Clark & Kent and their work has meant that we are now able to train riders to the highest level and they can get ready for national competitions on our new track."

The Surrey-based Runnymede Rockets BMX Club was established in 1983, and the 10-ramp track in Brackendene Open Space, Addlestone Moor, is regularly used by around 150 club members.

Anyone interested in details about club events can visit the Runnymede Rockets Facebook page or you can take a virtual ride on the BMX track with this Runnymede Rockets video.

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