We’ve recently hosted a great session with children from Medlock Primary School, Ardwick – the first school group to experience the new Dirt Factory Pop-Up bike park at Mayfield.
On Tuesday 5 March, 20 pupils from Medlock Primary School, all aged between seven and 11, were the first to hit the track at the new indoor bike park which will open to the public early next month.
Joining them was former Olympic Gold medallist Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, who watched as the Dirt Factory team showed the kids how to master the trails, then put on a display of daredevil riding over the track. Mr Boardman said:
“It’s great to see the Dirt Factory welcome its first guests. It’s an amazing fun facility and I am sure it will help inspire kids to get off the sofa and on to a bike.”
The children from Medlock Primary School rode the Dirt Factory trails on brand new bikes supplied by Trek Bicycle Manchester Piccadilly. As well as riding the trails, pupils also used their creative skills to help to paint the upcycled pallet fencing within the facility.
Dan Makin, co-founder of Dirt Factory, added:
“We’re a team of passionate cyclists who had a dream to create an indoor mountain bike track, so we are thrilled to see this come to life at Mayfield. It was amazing to work with the children and to see their confidence grow throughout their time with us.”
The Dirt Factory team have used more than 2,000 tonnes of reclaimed soil to create the bike park inside an empty warehouse on the Mayfield development site.
Aimed at cyclists of all ages and abilities, the Dirt Factory Pop-Up will be open for up to two years at Mayfield. In the long term, the 24-acre Mayfield site will be transformed into a world-class urban quarter, delivering new office and leisure space, the first city centre park in more than 100 years, as well as 1,300 homes and a hotel.
James Heather, Development Director for the Mayfield Partnership, which comprises Manchester City Council, LCR, Transport for Greater Manchester and regeneration specialist U+I, said:
“We were thrilled to support the launch of Dirt Factory. It’s a fantastic initiative and one that fits perfectly with our own values in terms of community and well-being.
“The Dirt Factory team has worked tirelessly to create this great attraction which I’m sure people will love.”
In 2016, U+I were appointed as development partner to deliver a wholesale regeneration of Mayfield station and its surrounding areas. The Mayfield Partnership has brought parts of the depot back into public use through a wide range of events including the weekly GRUB street-food fair and a host of one off events including everything from private functions, weddings and trailblazer events from the Manchester international Festival programme for 2018.
The Dirt Factory Pop-Up will host a series of ‘test’ sessions throughout March in the run up to full public opening in April. To be the first to hear about these sessions please sign up to the Dirt Factory supporter’s e-newsletter.
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