The design for Euxton offers both transition riding and street features to meet the needs and styles of all users. There is a wide variety of heights to keep experienced riders challenged as well as beginner riders plenty of opportunities to develop their skills. The design offers some unique and interesting features, eg kicker to hydrant gap, to make the park not only fun to skate but interesting and attractive to the wider community. The vert extension and extension to quarterpipes and flatbanks will challenge the more advance rider and give an exciting ride to watch and aspire to. Beginners are also very well catered with lower ramps and street features.
Hollingdean skatepark is based on an original design drawn up by the user group and sent out to tender. The original design would have left the local Council a maintenance nightmare as there was a long thin strip of grass between the bowl and street section, which was also on a gradient. In reality this would have become a mud trap and users would constantly have mud all over the skatepark. The design was improved with extra features to make the park more interesting. The budget for the skatepark was £75,000.00 + VAT. On award of contract, we met with the local user group to tweak the design to ensure that it met all of their aspirations for their new park.
Buckie skate park was built on existing tennis courts. Bendcrete has a policy of continually developing construction techniques both in its Skate Park business and also it’s Climbing Wall company. This has led to many successful parks and climbing features being built with EPS – high-density polystyrene blocks. The blocks offer a fast and lightweight construction method that allows the using of an existing surface to be used as the foundation for the park. This method does require Bendcrete analysing the existing surface to ensure that there is an adequate sub-structure to the existing surface. The benefits are cost savings in minimal ground works and fast construction.
Felixstowe skatepark was built in an existing park. It was a controversial build with a lot of local residents opposed to the scheme. Therefore the project required extensive landscaping to satisfy local residents and planning conditions. The skatepark was built for approx £120K and the rest of the budget was used for hard and soft landscaping, including gabions, flood lighting and CCTV were also installed.
Kirkintilloch skatepark was built on existing blaise court. Bendcrete has a policy of continually developing construction techniques both in its Skatepark business. Our engineer piloted the use of using recycled car tyre bales instead of using huge quantities of MOT Type 1 (the traditional method for shaping skate park equipment), as the fill material for the equipment. The benefits are cost savings in minimal ground works, environmentally friendly construction and less use of MOT Type 1. A wetland area was also created by the skate park to off-set the construction and encourage biodiversity back into the area