Expansion of BMX and mountain bike shop and cafe at Kentford

An artist's impression of the new cafe at Phoenix Cycleworks, in Kentford.

The cycle shop and café at Phoenix Cycleworks, in Kentford, is set to be expanded.

Planning consent to carry out the work has been secured by property consultancy Carter Jonas on behalf of Stockland Green Ltd.

It will lead to the doubling in size of the existing café and cycle shop, provide a new cycle hire and repair shop, and increase parking numbers from 50 to 78.

The extension is to be constructed of repurposed shipping containers clad in timber, using a colour scheme of black and orange, with bold signage and contemporary landscaping. The “tower” entrance feature will become a local landmark.

The new trails, which opened in 2020, have proved popular and additional visitor facilities were needed.

BMX and mountain biking are rapidly growing sports, especially after Team GB achieved significant success with freestyle BMX in the Tokyo Olympics.

John Mason, senior planner at Carter Jonas, in Cambridge, said: “Cycling has increased rapidly in popularity over the pandemic and it has been great to secure this planning consent for Phoenix Cycleworks. The UK’s incredible Olympic medal tally demonstrates what an exciting and dynamic sport this is. It will be great to have an even better facility in Suffolk, and perhaps even see a future Olympian emerge from the West Suffolk region.”

And Jeremy Gredley, of Stockland Green Ltd, added: “The planning team at Carter Jonas have been working with me on this site since 2017 and have done an excellent job in helping me realise my vision for a downhill mountain bike venue in Suffolk – quite possibly the flattest place on the planet. The park continues to go from strength to strength and we’re really excited for the future.”

Carter Jonas worked alongside Dutch Landscape Architects, a landscape and garden design studio based in Essex.

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