Seaside Town, Whitley Bay, Receives an Athletics Track Makeover

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Whitley Bay, a seaside town on the North East coast boasts a 4500m² six-lane 400 metre athletics track owned by North Tyneside Council.

The Council appointed Cleveland Land Services as the main contractor for the project which included completely resurfacing the track and seven-lane 100 metre section using CONICA’s CONIPUR SP high performance track finish to bring the facility into line with new competition standards introduced by UK Athletics in 2019.

CONIPUR SP is a World Athletics certified, cost effective and water permeable spray applied athletics track system, made up of a 10mm thick polyurethane bound elastic layer based on recycled granules and a 3 mm PUR spray coating as a top layer. The high-quality PUR top layer provides good spike, mechanical and weather resistance. Due to its structure, it also offers excellent grip – both in wet and dry conditions.

The project scope also included all the track inner kerb & mowing margin being replaced, new drainage for the track infield, a new IAAF throwing cage was also supplied and installed among other equipment to bring the facility up to date with current guidelines. Work was also carried out to install a new perimeter fence and entry system to protect the track from misuse.
The project started before Covid-19 lockdown, which meant a delay was unavoidable, but the project was resumed in May and handed over on 16th July.
Tyneside Councillor Sarah Day, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “It’s really important that we continue to maintain and improve our sporting facilities in the borough for residents and sports clubs to enjoy.

This work will ensure that a valued community asset continues to provide opportunities in sport for local people and is a further sign of our commitment to keeping standards high at all our sports and leisure facilities in the borough.”

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