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 and 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.

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Athletics Track Before Image Resurfacing
Athletics Track Before Image Resurfacing
Athletics Track After Image Refurbishment
Athletics Track After Image Refurbishment

“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


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University of Birmingham – Athletics Track

McArdle Sport Tec were thrilled to be chosen by the University of Birmingham after a competitive tendering process to build a prestigious athletics track.

Built to international training standards, the porous Stobitan track has been finished in a stunning deep red. The 400m eight lane oval athletics track includes floodlighting and throwing and jump facilities with a 7000m² natural grass infield.

The University, currently ranked in the top ten for sport in the UK, pride themselves on nurturing and encouraging talented new athletes to study at the campus.  One such pupil is Sarah McDonald currently representing Team GB in the 1,500m at the World Athletics Championships, held in London. The elite sporting facilities attract worldwide Olympic teams, including the Track and Field Jamaican Olympic team, who trained on the track and facilities in preparation for the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

Director of sport at the University, Zena Wooldridge OBE, commented:

“We are fortunate to have such a superb new athletics track on a magnificent leafy site.  Athletics is a key sport for the University and it will make a huge difference to our athletes training to have such a fantastic track so close to the main campus.  I hope our student athletes and the young athletes from BRATS and local schools will be inspired by the new track and its Jamaican inauguration, and we look forward to seeing more of our own stars of the future training here.”

The athletics track was built within an overgrown woodland, which has been leased from the School of King Edward V situated on the edge of the campus.  The new facilities will be home to not only the University but King Edwards School, King Edwards VI high school for girls, and other athletics clubs.

Simon Hedges, Contracts Manager, commented:

“A considerable amount of work was undertaken to clear the original site and prepare the foundations.  However it was a brilliant opportunity to be involved with this project, as athletics tracks, especially to this standard and specification, are rarely constructed in the UK. Our project team worked endlessly to ensure that the track was completed in time for the Olympic Jamaican team to train on site prior to the IAAF World Championships; we are extremely honoured to be involved in this project.”

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University of Birmingham press release:

IAAF Athletics Track
Athletics Track Birds Eye View

“We are delighted to have been able to support the University in the impressive new athletics track facility. Not only will our own pupils benefit, it provides children across the region the opportunity to train on the same sites as Olympic athletes.”

Dr Mark Fenton, Chief Master of King Edwards School

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McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to be selected to provide the main stadium’s athletics track at the XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

The Commonwealth Games is a world-class event and the XVII in Manchester was the most significant multi-sport event to be held in this country since the Olympics of 1948. It was the largest ever Commonwealth Games with more competitors than ever before from 72 nations and many of the world’s top athletes competing in individual and team events. Continue reading “XVII Commonwealth Games”


McArdle Sport Tec were delighted to be selected to provide two 3G pitches, an all-weather hockey pitch and a large athletics facility at Aberdeen Sports Village.

As part of a large construction project at Aberdeen Sports Village, we were chosen to construct two full size 3G football pitches, a water-based hockey pitch and an athletics facility comprising of an indoor track and outdoor athletics tracks. The aim of the project was to provide the best indoor athletics facility in the North of Scotland.

Indoor Athletics: The indoor area comprises a bright blue, 135m six-lane running straight, with specific, fully-equipped areas for long and triple jump, high jump and pole vault. The indoor area also provides a state-of-the-art indoor throws cage, providing training opportunities for hammer, discus, shot putt and javelin.

Outdoor Athletics: The outdoor area comprises of a 400m eight-lane running track.

Football: We installed a full-size indoor 3G football pitch, which was the first of its kind in the UK. The requirement was that the pitch could be split into three separate sections for community hire. Each section measures 60m x 32m.

Hockey: We construced a full-size FIH Global accredited hockey pitch adjacent to the outdoor athletics track. The water-based surface measured 97 x 61m and is complete with a full irrigation system, meeting the requirements for international hockey.

Our works at Aberdeen Regional Sports Village totalled over £1,000,000.

Athletic Tracks and Pitches

The stadium at Aberdeen Regional Sports Centre bears the name of the former vice-Chairman of the Aberdeen Football Club, who was an educational and sporting visionary and the driving force that helped take Aberdeen Football Club to the peak of European football in the 1980s.

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We constructed a first class athletics facility at Stowe School which was to become a pre-games training centre for the 2012 Olympic Games.

McArdle Sport Tec was chosen to construct an eight lane athletics track in the sensitive surrounding of a National Trust property at Stowe School. The track was surfaced with a specially selected green system to meet the requirements of the school and the National Trust. The track was built to a very high specification, on budget and to the highest quality standards.

Lord Coe spent the afternoon at Stowe School observing its sports day and officially opening the new athletics area, which in both colour and environment friendliness, is the only green track in the UK. It has been selected as a pre-games training camp for London 2012 and it is hoped the facilities will be used by nearby residents as well as pupils at the school.

Lord Coe said: “These are fantastic facilities and it’s such a stunning setting. It’s a great asset to the school and the school is clearly a great asset to the community. Particularly in track and field, Stowe has a strong place in our history… The idea of the pre-games training camps is that national committees and federations will base themselves in the UK before the games so that they prepare their athletes properly and make use of these kind of facilities. We would not have put Stowe forward as a training camp had the facilities not been world class.”

The new track cost more than £800,000 which was raised through contributions from Old Stoics. It has been named in honour of Dr David Donaldson, who was a teacher and coach at Stowe from 1957 until 1973 and helped pupils set records which still stand today. Also at yesterday’s event were decathlete Neil Crossley, Stowe’s new athletics coach who hopes to compete in London 2012, and Old Stoic Marilyn Okoko, who raced for Britain in the 4x400m women’s Olympic relay team in Beijing.

Dr Anthony Wallersteiner, headmaster of Stowe School, said: “This is the only running track of its kind between Milton Keynes and Oxford and it’s a facility for anyone with athletic ambitions. It gives us this wonderful new facility which will be suitable for young people to train and also for training before the next Olympics.”

Group of people on Athletics Track

“It’s an enormous leap forward for the school, both in terms of us as a centre of excellence for athletics and also in creating a community facility.”

Lord Sebastian Coe

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We were selected to refurbish an existing all-weather pitch and to construct a range of athletics facilities in Newtown Wales.

At the end of 2015, we completed the installation of new facilities at Maldwyn Leisure Centre, Newtown. The project included the refurbishment of a sand-dressed, all-weather pitch as well as a range of athletics field facilities. The athletics facilities meet the standards set by UK Athletics and included:

  • Two long jump pit runways and landing pits
  • A javelin runway
  • A pole vault runway
  • A discus/shot put circle, with wheelchair anchorages

It is hoped that these new facilities, which will be used by athletics clubs such as Maldwyn Harriers, will improve the centre’s dreams of hosting national events.

Councillor Graham Brown, PCC cabinet member for leisure services, said: “The works were much needed and will provide a superb all-round sports facility for everyone to use and enjoy.”

As part of the athletics installation, we also constructed an all-weather pitch located inside the athletics track.

Athletics Track Construction

“This is fantastic news for sport in Montgomeryshire. This is also brilliant news for hockey in the area as it means for the first time in years the all weather pitch at Maldwyn will not be unplayable for months due to rain and will also take the pressure off Welshpool’s pitch at the Flash, which carries the burden as the only hockey facility available during these times”.

Ms Turner, Powys Sports Development Officer

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