AUTOMATION MEETS AUTOMOTIVE FOR LATEST TIMBER VIEWING PLATFORMS AT GOODWOOD
M&M Timber utilised their state-of-the-art CNC router machine to create precision machined components for new spectator viewing platforms at the world’s most prestigious classic automotive circuit, in conjunction with leading fencing contractor Knight Fencing.
Nestled at the foot of the Sussex Downs, with the sea often visible just a few miles in the distance, Goodwood Circuit is a historic venue for both two and four-wheeled motorsport in the United Kingdom. The 3.8-kilometre (2.4 mile) circuit is situated near Chichester, West Sussex, on the estate of Goodwood House. The track is the only classic circuit in the world to remain entirely in its original form, after being lovingly restored over a six-year period, in preparation for the inaugural Goodwood Revival of 1998.
Goodwood Motor Circuit was officially opened in September 1948, when Freddie March, the 9th Duke and renowned amateur racer, tore around the track in a Bristol 400. He received a rapturous response from 15,000 spectators who had come to the opening of Britain’s first professionally organised postwar motor-racing event. It is now renowned as England’s greatest sporting estate and home to three of the biggest sporting events in the world: The Festival of Speed, the Qatar Goodwood Festival and the Goodwood Revival.
Gabriel Ludlow, Motor Circuit Operations Manager commented “Both the Racecourse and the Motor Circuit are busy all year round, with various track days and driving experiences at the circuit open to all and 19 days of horse racing from May to October. With our requirement for additional viewing platforms and in order to meet tight deadlines in our racing calendar, we commissioned Knight Fencing to install and source timber from the UK’s leading machine rounded timber supplier M&M Timber.”
To date, M&M Timber (a division of the Forest Garden Group) have supplied 4,000 linear metres of timber to Goodwood – which put end to end would span the total length of the circuit itself. M&M Timber sourced the timber from well managed forests and using their state of the art Kimla CNC router machine at their Worcestershire sawmill, the timbers have been scalloped to give a bespoke and aesthetically pleasing barrier from which members of the public can view the action. In addition to the round timber solution, M&M Timber also supplied their rough sawn DuraSleeper which can be used in a variety of configurations to create edging or walling features. At Goodwood, the sleepers have been used to create steps and access ramps to the race track viewing area.
Fraser Hall, Managing Director of M&M Timber said “We have been working with Danny from Knight Fencing on a number of previous projects, so when we were contacted about the opportunity we were thrilled to supply the timber required for their project. It has been a pleasure supplying the timber for such a prestigious race track, while presenting a perfect opportunity to showcase our machining capabilities for more bespoke requirements”