Curtins win BMX arena work

The Manchester office of Curtins Consulting has been appointed as internal structural engineering consultants for the £24m national indoor BMX centre at Eastlands, east Manchester.

Sir Robert McAlpine is currently constructing the 110,000 sq ft centre, which will have a 2,000 seat capacity and act as the main training facility for the UK's BMX Olympic team.

Designed by Ellis Williams Architects, the facility is funded by Manchester City Council, £8.55m, the North West Development Agency, £8m, and Sport England, £3m.

The internal concept design upon which Curtins are consulting was carried out with the world cycling federation, UCI, to set out the positioning of start ramps, track layout, track obstacles and banked corners.

Chris Fennel, director of Curtins Consulting in Manchester, said: "I am pleased that Curtins are able to be involved in the construction of the BMX centre, particularly as it will act as the base for the 2012 Olympic team and we look forward to trying our skills on the finished track."

The BMX centre is planned to open in summer 2011.

Curtins Consulting has offices in Liverpool, Edinburgh, Kendal, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, London, and Douglas in Isle of Man.

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