Alexander Barracks – ATR Pirbright
Amey awards challenging athletics track refurbishment project to McArdle Sport Tec Ltd.
McArdle were delighted to be selected as the main contractor to refurbish an existing redgra athletics track which was in great disrepair.
Based in Woking, Pirbright Army Training Centre ‘Alexander Barracks’ is responsible for all adult recruits joining the army to complete a 14-week training course known as the Common Military Syllabus.
The works to the existing 6 lane oval plus 8 lane sprint straight were carried out over the challenging winter months, requiring precise execution and forward planning. 400 tonnes of redundant redgra surface with a further 3000 tonnes of underlying stone base were removed due to being unsuitable for re-use.
The UKA accredited track was surfaced with red Stobitan 13mm porous polymeric material.
McArdle Sport Tec have worked on many MOD project sites, including RNAS Culdrose-Cornwall (3G pitch refurbishment), Baker Barracks (new full-size 3G pitch) and more recently an FIH Global water-based pitch resurfacing project at HMS Temeraire.
McArdle Sport Tec are well accustomed to the strict and compulsory regulations and security checks required by Amey Defence Services and the Ministry of Defence to ensure cooperative collaboration with sensitive construction projects on high profile sites.
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Sandford, Commanding Officer at the Army Training Centre at Pirbright, said, “The new running track will provide an excellent addition to the selection and initial training facilities of the Army Training Centre at Pirbright.
This track will be a focus for the fitness and pursuit of excellence that the centre nurtures in every recruit. It’s an example of investment into the Army infrastructure and is part of an overall improvement plan to ensure British Army initial training remains world class.”
Lieutenant Robert Sandford – Commanding Officer, Army Training Centre at ATR Pirbright.