Clark & Kent Contractors were the successful bidders in tendering for the rebuild of the London 2012 Olympic Games BMX track for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The work was undertaken on a subcontract basis for BAM Nuttall and involved a large number of specialist construction services that were required to accommodate the design and to bring the facility in line with regulatory guidelines.
The brief was to dismantle the Olympic BMX track and rebuild it as part of a comprehensive plan to open the whole park for recreational public use.
A 14-week project saw Clark & Kent Contractors undertake a wide array of specialist construction activities that included:
Clark & Kent were selected for the ambitious Olympic Park rebuild project because of their experience, knowledge and expertise in the field as well as offering the best value in the highly competitive tender process.
Clark & Kent had been contacted in advance of the London Games for a pre-Olympic test event and, after working alongside the UCI track builder, has been awarded the contract for the BMX Supercross (SX) track rebuild for the 2012 London Olympic Games itself.
The rebuilding of the Olympic and Paralympic Games tracks in Stratford, London was therefore thus both a tremendous challenge and a great honour for the Clark & Kent construction team.
Although it was difficult dismantling one of the best BMX tracks that the company ever built it was with huge pride that Clark & Kent undertook the massive rebuild that would enable the public to enjoy the facility to the full and provide a valuable legacy for the Olympic movement.
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park project was delivered on time and on budget and has since proved to be a lasting and popular legacy for the area of East London.
The diverse mixture of construction skills showcases the variety of tasks which Clark & Kent can undertake and gives a good representation of the company's skills and the quality of its finished projects.
The floodlit 400-metre long Olympic track was successfully adapted for general public use and the Olympic BMX track is now open to all classes of BMX bikers, from beginners to those with advanced BMX bike racing skills.
The BMX track is now part of the Lee Valley VeloPark, which also boasts eight kilometres of mountain bike trails and a one-mile road racing circuit.
Floodlights allow the use of the track into the late evening and there are on-site cafe facilities, cycle hire, BMX skill-building workshops as well as coaching available for bike riding visitors.
"After building the BMX track for the Olympics, to be involved in the construction of the Olympic legacy project was a brilliant opportunity for us." Clark Bridgett — Director Clark & Kent Contractors.
For more information on the building of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park BMX track visit Clark & Kent Contractors BMX site.