Telford and Wrekin Council selected Clark & Kent Contractors after an extensive tendering process to design and build a new BMX pump track project and all the associated construction works at Woodside in Telford.
The company was selected because of its experience and previous capabilities working on similar public and open spaces projects and also because of its excellent health and safety record.
BMX pump tracks are non-racing tracks designed for smaller areas where riders can build up BMX bike riding skills. These tracks can also be used with skateboards, rollerblades, scooters and mountain bikes.
Pump tracks are typically shorter and narrower than standard BMX race tracks with a circuit of rollers, berms and jumps that often loops back on itself so that riders can keep going round and round without stopping.
They have become an increasingly popular budget option for schools, sports centres, BMX clubs and even private individuals.
Clark and Kent has built scores of BMX tracks not only in the UK but also abroad. Smaller scale projects for those on tighter budgets have included pump tracks for areas as far as Eastbourne and Ellesmere Port, from Kent to Kilmarnock.
Larger scale projects have included supercross BMX tracks in the United States, major BMX venues in Europe and even the racetrack for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Following the approval of designs and planning for the Rough Park track at Woodside, Telford in Shropshire, Clark & Kent undertook the works on a fixed price contract.
The project was for the development and construction of a multi-use BMX pump track and cycle trails area.
Alongside the track is a new 100-metre tarmac footpath and also the installation of 200 metres of multi-level bow-top fencing.
A wide variety of groundwork and construction skills were needed to complete the development and these included:
The project has proved a resounding success for the Telford and Wrekin Council Open Spaces Department and has been described by many users as the best outdoor facility in the area.
"It's absolutely brilliant to have the new pump track installed by Clark & Kent especially as it is finished to such a high standard." Martin Brown-Wrekin Riders BMX Club Coach.