– What would you say are the inspirations behind the designs / layout?
I wanted it to feel different and stand out. The street plaza is a good example of that. It feels like something that you would never get in the UK. It is packed full of rails, ledges and quirky little bits. The park course has been influenced by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic course and is as big as possible with the space we have.
Surrounding the whole place we have 2 stories of shipping containers made into viewing areas, storage, toilets and of course a BAR. This has been influenced by container villages like Stacks in Newcastle, Box Park in London and Dubai.
– What’s your involvement with Junction 4?
I am a director of Junction 4 Skatepark CIC and I’m the facilities manager, cook, toilet cleaner, coach, event organiser, fundraiser and anything else I need to do to keep it going.
– You’ve already secured some funding. What happens next?
The funding has been secured and we have been building now for 10 months. It has taken longer than expected due to Covid, the shortage of building materials and delays in the supply chain. We are aiming to be complete by the end of June this year. But this is just the first phase, we in the process of purchasing almost 2 acres of land to expand further. Keep watching!
– Will you have subcontractors building different areas?
Yeah, we have contractors for each area.
The principal contractor is Four One Four Skateparks. They oversee the whole project under my direction.
The concrete has been done by Mind Works Ramps known for building the Simple Session course but less known in these parts for their concrete. The lads have done an amazing job and it has brought them more work in the UK.
The undercover wooden park course will be built by myself and Four One Four.
Matt Priest is building the dirt and pump tracks under Four One Four.
– What would it mean to you to see this mega project through to completion?
I’ll be stoked to get to finish the first phase but I won’t rest until I’ve filled the whole site. I’m stoked that people believed in us, J4 and BMX enough to commit to funding and supporting the project and J4 for the future. But what I’m really stoked on is that we will have provided something amazing for all the rider of this area and the rest of the UK.
Gallery: Dirt / Pump track design