Resurfacing a historic running track
Duke of York Square offers fashion, beauty, food and culture in the heart of west London’s Chelsea district. Home to 30 stores and boutiques, six restaurants, food markets and the iconic Saachi Gallery, the area is a hive of activity.
Also located within the grounds is the famous running track where Roger Bannister trained to complete the first ever sub-four-minute-mile run. Total Protection Group were selected as the primary contractor to undertake restoration and resurfacing of this historic location. Logistically, the project was a major challenge. Noise disruption had to be kept to a bare minimum to prevent harm to local businesses and residents, while damage to surrounding landscapes and architecture needed to be avoided at all costs.
We erected acoustic barriers around the entire perimeter of the worksite to limit noise disruption. Surface removal machinery was then used to get rid of the existing, failing tarmacadam layer on the running track. We conducted CCTV surveys of the delicate Victorian drains in the area to ensure these were not damaged and took measures to protect kerbs and lawns. After laying a base-course of macadam, the 6mm HD Red Natratex wearing course was finally applied to all 1,972 square metres of the site.
Our client said:
after months of careful planning and preparation, the running track resurfacing project is finally complete… we couldn’t be happier with the results.