Crystal Palace National Sports Centre -
Major reconstruction of athletics facilities begins
In February 2004, work began on the complete reconstruction of the athletics track and field event facilities at Crystal Palace, London’s premier athletics venue. This historic track, the first synthetic all-weather athletics track in Europe, was installed in 1968 on the base of the Redgra track built four years earlier.
Although the track has been re-surfaced several times since then, this is the first occasion that a complete ‘ground-up’ reconstruction has been possible. Soil problems on what was the site of the old Crystal Palace ornamental gardens, mean that special ground stabilisation measures are having to be used throughout.
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The contract for the work was awarded to Polytan Sports Surfaces (UK) Ltd. who will be facing the challenging task of completing this major project in just 20 weeks, so that the track can be ready for the London Grand Prix in July 2004.
MSc undertook the detailed design of the facilities and will be providing site supervision and Contract Administration duties throughout the contract, ultimately testing and certifying the finished track to the requirements of UK Athletics and the IAAF specifications for a CLASS 1 international competition facility.
Full funding and overall Project Management is being provided by Sport England.