The base construction of an athletics track comprises prepared soil formation with textile membrane, a sub-base of stone, a porous macadam layer for stability, and a shockpad for impact absorption. The playing surface that is laid on top can be one of a number of systems each tailored to meet various performance standards, budgets, and life-cycle projections.
Performance standards are set internationally by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and by UK Athletics on a national and regional basis.
Athletics track construction for the Commonwealth Games
Blakedown constructing a track for Leigh Sports Village
The olympic torch relay on the running track at William Brookes School
Blakedown's track at Brunel University Sports Complex
8 lane athletics track with 100m sprint straight
Track used by the Thurrock Harriers Athletics Club in Essex
Sport England specification Compact Athletics Track in London
Blakedown is a civil engineering company specialising in synthetic sports surfaces and athletics track construction. Operating for more than fifty years, we have worked with universities, colleges, schools, and local authorities to produce athletics facilities of the highest quality, and we have worked on many prestigious projects such as the Manchester Commonwealth Games, Sport England's Inspired Facilities framework, and the Queen Elizabeth stadium in north London.
We offer an in-house Design and Build service for facility construction and all of our tracks are built to IAAF performance standards.
Blakedown Sport & Play was pleased to play its part in redevelopment works at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium in Enfield. The existing athletics track had been officially inaugurated in 1953 and was used by Seb Coe, Daley Thompson, and Linford Christie as well as thousands of other users over the years, but it had fallen into disrepair and was eventually closed for safety reasons.
Blakedown completely reconstructed the six-lane track to a high-specification sandwich system suitable for national and regional athletics competition. Included in the scope of the works was the refurbishment of associated field facilities as part of a wider redevelopment project at the stadium; now also the home ground of Enfield Town Football Club.
The technology of athletics track surfacing has been developing for more than fifty years leading to a great variety of products and systems available to facilities planners. The three most common track systems are Porous, Sandwich, and Solid.
Compact athletics facilities have been designed by England Athletics in partnership with Sport England and UK Athletics to offer a new type of athletics surface suitable for urban areas with space restrictions. The Compact Athletics initiative offers facilities planners a construction kit of ready-designed components that can be selected and assembled to make key physical skills - running, jumping, and throwing - accessible to younger users in urban areas.
Blakedown were selected for the construction of the first ever compact athletics facility in the UK: Compact athletics tracks