Keen amateur and professional BMX riders now have a world class track thanks to work carried out by WSP Opus for the NZ Transport Agency.
The construction of the new North Harbour BMX facility is part of the Northern Corridor Improvements project.
North Harbour BMX is one of three sports clubs (along with Rosedale Pony Club and Harbour Hockey) that has been relocated by the Northern Corridor Improvements (NCI) project team to make way for the new motorway.
For Maree Drury, Technical Principal – Planning, the project has involved pulling many different threads together to bring the vision to life.
WSP Opus had around 10 designers working on the year-long project, along with contaminated site specialists, planners and stormwater experts.
“For me the project highlight has been enabling the construction and opening of the track with all approvals and environmental controls in place," she says.
The new site includes a professional track with an 8m ramp and berm jump, giving it the ability to host international events, and an amateur track with a 5m ramp with rhythm section for aspiring BMX riders. The new track surface, floodlights lockable gate and fencing will provide riders with more time to safely enjoy the facilities.
Photo credit: Bruce Jains, Northern Corridor Improvement Alliance