A 6 LANE / 10 LANE STRAIGHT POLYMERIC ATHLETICS TRACK

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SPORTS LABS ROLE

Appointed to provide consultancy and project management services to design, specify, tender, project manage and administer the works.

Report Date: On hand-over, summer 2016
Location: London, Finsbury Park Athletics Track
Report Prepared by: Eric O'Donnell
Summary of Costs: £800,000
Programme: 22 Weeks
Contacts: David Walton

Introduction: Sports Labs is proud to be part of a fantastic project which all came to fruition when Finsbury Park’s running track re-opened in 2016. The day marked an incredible turnaround from a failing facility into a watershed moment for residents and nearby communities. The track, which is situated in the heart of Finsbury Park, opened during the 1930s, but due to deterioration, it was facing the threat of closure. Sports Labs was appointed to carry out a feasibility study into the prospect of upgrading the track during the early stages of a successful refurbishment plan.

Procurement: The project was tendered to specialist track builders who were SAPCA registered. The works were awarded to Agripower Contractors.

Specific Items of Interest: Finsbury Park Sports Partnership took over management of the track and raised £1.2m in grants for its refurbishment. This allowed for the upgrade the floodlights, a full refurbishment of the track and the reconstruction of the grass infield. The works were successfully carried out by Agripower Contractors, and Polytan was selected as the specialist surfacing contractor. Like many refurbishment projects, this one was complicated by the facility's original construction, but challenges and difficulties were overcome through teamwork.  

David Walton of the Finsbury Park Sports Partnership commented:
“...re-opening will be looked back on a watershed moment. I can only see a bright future. This has been turned around from a failing facility to thriving under a community group. That’s a wonderful achievement. It proves what can be done if you get a committed group together.”

...re-opening will be looked back on a watershed moment. I can only see a bright future. This has been turned around from a failing facility to thriving under a community group. That’s a wonderful achievement. It proves what can be done if you get a committed group together.