Hadleigh Farm in Essex hosted the London 2012 Olympic mountain bike events. To continue to get the most from this incredible venue, Essex County Council wanted to improve facilities there in partnership with The Salvation Army, Southend-on-Sea and Castlepoint borough councils.

The brief

This project aimed to substantially benefit local communities and visitors, while securing Hadleigh’s long-term future. It brought to life the site’s heritage and legacy by adapting the Olympic mountain bike course for public use, improving trails for a range of users, protecting the environment and enhancing visitor facilities.

These included a visitor centre, café, bike hire shop, 18km network of walking, cycling, running and horse riding tracks, improved rail access, ranger offices, business units and facilities for The Salvation Army to expand its work with vulnerable people.

Our response

It was a privilege to be involved with a legacy project and we collaborated with project partners to deliver outstanding facilities.

Key facts

  • We helped provide a fantastic facility for the community and visitors.
  • We helped preserve Hadleigh’s Olympic legacy and secure its future.
  • We delivered wildlife protection and ecological management plans.

Project Information

Client: Essex County Council

Value: £6.6 million