Specialists in sports construction since 1991, S&C Slatter are experts in athletics field and running track Construction. From design and build to ongoing maintenance we are experts in athletics track construction and repairs.
We work with clients at a community, national and global level, and our experienced staff have worked on athletics projects such as the Manchester and Glasgow Commonwealth games.Read on to learn more about outstanding athletics facilities or call us to discuss your project needs.
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Running track construction
We work closely with our athletics partners Tarkett/Beynon Sports, world-leading manufacturers of track and field surfaces, constructing porous, sandwich and full polyurethane track systems.
Whether you’re looking for an 8-lane polymeric athletics track to UK Athletics Licence Level 2 Competition Grade complete with field athletics, or a 4-lane running track for school sports, we work with you based on your needs, limitations and requirements.
Our all-encompassing in-house departments across design and planning, construction, civil engineering and maintenance allow us to deliver at every stage of the sports construction process.
We are always happy to discuss new athletics facilities and offer a free initial consultation. Call or email for an informal chat about your sporting needs.
Athletics track resurfacingFor running tracks that have come to the end of their useful life, we can carry out a full or partial resurfacing of the track, utilising and improving the existing infrastructure whilst implementing a new surfacing system. Prior to the need for a full resurface, regular maintenance will maximise the lifespan of your pitch, while ensuring optimum performance and safety. Our dedicated maintenance division can advise on what steps can be taken to repair and refresh your athletics track.
How to build an athletics track
The running track construction process can be broken down into 9 key steps:
1. Design and planningThe initial stage of the process is developing and finalising the design of your athletics track, prior to obtaining planning permission. Once planning permission is granted, technical drawings and specifications are created ready for construction.
2. Environmental considerationsEnvironmental mitigation is becoming a top priority for many organisations and governing bodies. We can incorporate various measures into the design, such as the management of water run-off and drainage.
3. Health and safetyA thorough plan should be in place to ensure a safe construction site, employing the latest best practice to meet all legislative requirements for running track construction.
4. EarthworksGroundworks are undertaken to prepare the land and provide that all important foundation for the new track. This will follow the necessary surveys, reports and designs approved in the design and planning stage and includes work such as earth excavation and stripping topsoil.
5. DrainageThe design of drainage will differ depending on whether the surface of the running track being constructed is porous or non-porous. Appropriate drainage systems will be implemented to support the chosen track type and ensure that poor weather won’t compromise performance.
6. Sub-base and baseAs with the drainage system, the design and materials used in any sub-base or base will depend on the type of track being constructed, for example a porous polyurethane track will generally be laid over a rubber granule base, supported by a a porous aggregate sub-base.
7. Shock absorbancy layer (if applicable)Whilst many running track surfaces have inherent shock absorbency in the materials used, sandwich tracks utilise an additional EPDM layer, which provides enhanced shock absorbency and life span when compared to porous systems.
8. Athletics track surfaceThere are variety of surfaces to choose from, such as a porous track system, sandwich track system or full polyurethane system. We can advise which is best suited to you based on the level of use, competition and cost.
9. Ancillary equipmentAncillary equipment includes items like hurdles, hammer and discuss netting, as well as the construction of fencing, floodlighting, spectator areas and pavilions.
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Porous track systems
Porous running track systems are the most common synthetic track surfaces in the UK. The system comprises of an SBR granular rubber base layer, with a coloured EPDM textured spray applied to the wearing course layer. Durable and economical, it’s understandable why this is the most popular athletics track type and is widely used for recreational and competitive use on a community level – perfect for schools, universities and clubs.
As the name suggests, these tracks are designed so that water will flow through the surface into the drainage system, while allowing moisture to escape.Sandwich track system
Sandwich running tracks are non-porous systems that combine elements of both porous tracks and Full PU ‘solid’ track systems, delivering the durability and performance closer to the latter, at a lower cost base.
An EPDM granulate is cast over the SBR rubber granular base, prior to the application of a polyurethane top coating, delivering enhanced shock absorbency and life span when compared to a porous track system.
Sandwich track systems are suitable for international athletics and higher hours of use than non-porous systems, so are perfect for high-level training and competition in clubs and stadia.Full Polyurethane (PU) solid track system
Solid PU systems are designed for high level competition, high intensity use facilities to Olympic standard. The base layer consists of a polyurethane elastomer flood coat with cast rubber granulate. A further flood layer of polyurethane with EPDM rubber granulate is then applied to the initial layer to complete the system.
Whilst more costly than sandwich and porous track systems, the benefit of solid tracks is that they provide optimum durability and elasticity, requiring less maintenance, weathering heavy spike use and delivering performance required and expected of elite athletics tracks.Non-porous athletics tracks
Both sandwich track and full polyurethane systems are non-porous athletics tracks, meaning that the water does not penetrate the track and is instead removed by gravitational flow and slope through to the surface drain system. It’s crucial to the performance of these tracks that both the design and installation is correct with appropriate drainage and base aggregate to remove water from above and below the surface.
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With the wide variety of surfaces and specifications available, there’s not a simple answer to this. The biggest factors in price will be the chosen surface type and required number of lanes. For example, the average cost of an 8-lane 400m running track with full PU polyurethane solid surface will usually be in the region of £900,000, where a 2-lane 400m running track with a porous surface will start at around £265,000.Generally speaking, an 8-lane 400m athletics track will be between £540,000 - £900,000, though there are a number of factors which can vastly impact the overall cost of athletics track construction.These factors include:-Number of lanes required-Scope of groundworks required-Chosen athletics track surface system-Environmental mitigation methods-Additional sporting features e.g. in-field athletics, long jump areas, sprint straights-Floodlighting, fencing and equipment requirements-Ancillary equipment (team shelters, pavilions, spectator areas)Civil engineering work is nearly always required in support of sports construction, whether this be access pathways and hardstandings, or new roadways and car parks. This may need to be factored into your overall development costs. The cost for athletics track resurfacing is often significantly lower, due to much of the infrastructure already being in place. For example, sandwich track systems can be refurbished through retexturizing the top coating.Get in touch if you’d like an example of a detailed breakdown of costs for a specific athletics track surface, or a quote on the cost of building a running track based on your needs.