Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track A major refurbishment of the Embankment athletics facility was commissioned by Peterborough Council to bring the facility up to modern standards. The facility is managed by Vivacity Peterborough on behalf of Peterborough City Council, who actually funded the project. Sports Labs provided specialist consultancy services to Peterborough Enterprise to assist in the management of this project.
Following a tendering process to SAPCA approved track builder members, Blakedown Sport and Play were awarded the contract.
The works included adding new training straights, modifying and refurbishing the long/triple jump facilities dealing with run-off from embankments on the home straight together with the replacement of all the polymeric surfaces on the track.
As with most ageing facilities you are never quite sure what you will find when you remove the old track surface and that was the case here; we found a very poor substrate which required a lot of work to make sure it complied with modern athletic requirements and was durable (future proof). The works in general were delivered smoothly and generally to programme albeit the early weather in spring was very cool to say the least and most importantly to budget.
The track has a thriving club network and this refurbishment puts the facility right back in the frame as regards athletics in the heart of the Cambridgeshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire borders. We are looking forward to seeing the athletics results of this investment in years to come.