Sports Labs were proud to be chosen to test/certify the track at the London World Championship 2017. A little piece of the massive jigsaw that it is to put this global event on!
UJSports Labs are assisting Sedtrade - the main contractor installing the track by performing key stage inspections and testing on the various phases of the refurbishment of the track at TUKS-sports. The refurbishment is fast approaching the final hurdle and surfacing should be complete early this week. Once the line markings are down the track will be put back into commission providing SA with a track to match that being installed at the Rio Olympics.
The first hammers will be flying onto the demonstration area at Crownpoint Track next week! This experimental surface has been designed to test the ability of artificial turf to deal with hammers and javelins impacting the surface. Watch this space for results.
The long throws test bed has had the artificial turf laid and is in the process of being filled. The Greenfields woven MX carpet will be ready for testing next week to coincide with the opening of the Crownpoint Track which has just had the ex Commonwealth Games track laid.
The project was funded by Glasgow Life, the IAF Foundation, UK Athletics, Greenfields and Sports Labs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQFFpKVCjEE Get on your marks Warrington gets track revamp. Victoria Park gets new state-of-the-art facilities
VICTORIA Park Athletics Arena development plans to create state-of-the-art facilities are well underway with the opening of the newly refurbished track.
Sports Labs led the project for Warrington Borough Council in preparing a specification for the works, tendering and project managing the works. The contract was won by Thornton Sports who were appointed to refurbish the track.
The original track surface was laid with cinders before being upgraded to a polymeric surface in the early 1980s. The polymeric track was last refurbished in 2001 so was now in need of a full depth replacement.
The new polymeric track is blue and there is a dual use rugby and football pitch in the centre featuring a new drainage system.
As part of the works the hammer and discus cage has been relocated in the central area and the pole vault was moved next to the long jump on the outside of the running track.
Warrington Athletics Club will use the track as their home venue and stage North West regional open track and field athletics meetings during the open season.
As the first multi sport facility of its kind in the town, the arena can accommodate competitions from junior to senior elite level, and is fully accessible for disabled users.
At the track opening, Cllr Kate Hannon, executive board member for leisure, community and culture, said:
“This was a superb event, there was a real buzz about the place and we have been inspired by the enthusiasm of all the athletes here tonight. This is a fantastic multi sporting facility that will be a great asset to the town
“The enthusiasm of the club towards this project shows how much this facility means to them and will attract regional events, which is good for the sport and the town."
This project is part of the council’s ongoing investment into the park and there is more investment and improvements still to come during the next few years.
Tweedbank Athletics Track gets major refurbishment Sports Labs play key role in project:
Tweedbank a strategically important track in the Border was originally opened The track was built in about 1984 and was upgraded from 6 to 8 lanes in 1996, constructed by Charles Lawerence Surfaces it has served the Borders athletics clubs very well over the years. A quick make over 2 years ago did not prove to prolong the life of the facility therefore a decision was made to refurbish the track in May 2013.
Working with Stuart Davidson a local architect Sports Labs prepared a specification for the works and sought tenders for the refurbishment for works to commence in May. The initial site investigation was very positive and was proven to be correct in that the track was originally built to a high standard. During the works the quality of the install was monitored by key stage inspections so throughout a regime of sampling and testing was exercised.
The end result is now an upgrade on the potential for this track to host top Scottish events in the future. With Scotland hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games Tweedbank will no doubt feature in warm up and training facilities for attending Nations.
Borders press reported on the benefits of the project to the community in a recent article which you can read here;
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.
Sport England Artificial Sports Surfaces Consultancy Services Sport England has set up a number of framework contracts with service providers to simplify the procurement of contractors and consultants for future funded projects. The framework contract is simply a form of contract where pre-selection of a particular service provider results in a small number of companies being shortlisted to provide the services without the need for protracted tendering process each time a project is available. Frameworks normally last 3 to 4 years. The aim of the Sport England framework contract is to select the best service providers for the work being tendered. Sport England has now put in place a number of framework consultants to deliver specialist aspects of projects on their behalf the one that concerns us is the sports pitches and other sports surfaces framework contract.
Following a detailed and thorough selection process Sports Labs were successfully selected as one of four specialist consultants for sports surfaces and other specialist services. We are very pleased to be involved with Sport England in this framework contract and look forward to the next 4 years working with Sport England within the framework.