A revamped Manchester athletics track hosts British championship
A project to replace a Manchester athletics track recently got its seal of approval, as champion athletes took to the fresh track, as part of the 2020 Muller British Athletics Championship.
Regeneration and energy specialist; ENGIE, delivered the work on behalf of MCRactive, a not for profit organisation that runs a unique collection of community and elite facilities, overseen by Manchester City Council.
The Manchester Regional Athletics Arena and National Squash Centre are located on the Etihad Campus, and primarily comprises of an indoor 200m track and outdoor 400m track, squash facilities, changing facilities, a gym, and offices.
Having initially been constructed as a warmup track for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the outdoor track was in need of upgrades and modernisation. ENGIE commenced work in March 2020 and has since completed a variety of key upgrades, including:
- Replacing the outdoor track
- Drainage improvements to the outdoor track and infield areas
- Installation and replacement of new take-off boards to long jump and triple jump
- Improvements to pole vault fixing points
- Improvements to steeplechase basin, including leak investigation and repair, installation of outdoor tap, connection into below ground drainage, and provision of new barrier.
- Replacement of Pole Vault and High Jump beds externally.
- Supply & installation of a new Thor 9 hammer cage
All work has been completed to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) standard and saw the arena successfully host the two-day Müller British Athletics Championships event on 4th and 5th September 2020.
Alyson Seddon, Head of Education and Public Buildings at ENGIE said: “We were delighted to bring our construction expertise to this unique project, upgrading the regional athletics track and helping to renovate a venue that will provide UK Athletics certified sporting facilities for both professional athletes and the local community to enjoy.
“The new and improved facilities - including the vivid new blue track surface - were used for the first time in early September, and it was great for our project team to see their work being enjoyed by athletes and fans.
“ENGIE is focused on improving lives through better living and working environments and we hope the upgraded facilities will continue to be an asset to the sporting industry and inspire new participants from across Manchester and the surrounding areas.”
ENGIE was awarded the contract via the North West Construction Hub Low Value Framework