Enkamat permanent erosion prevention matting supplied by Maccaferri, specialists in retaining structures, soil reinforcement and erosion protection, has been used to stabilise balancing lagoons surrounding Rockingham Motor Speedway. The UK’s first ‘Indy-style’ oval motor racing circuit, Rockingham was completed last summer and played host to a round of the US-based Fedex CART 500 championship in October 2001.

Built on the site of a former iron ore facility that supplied the local steelworks in Corby which closed in the 1970s, extensive earthworks were essential to create the distinctive banking required for the 1.5 mile ‘oval’.

To ensure adequate drainage of the circuit and infield, consulting engineers Pick Everard of Leicester included a
series of balancing lagoons in the outfield area. Just
over 10,000m² of Enkamat Type 7010/4 have been
used to protect the spill bank and prevent soil erosion.

A three dimensional synthetic geomat, Enkamat is manufactured from thick polyamide filaments fused where they cross to form a
dense matting. Supplied in rolls, it is available in a
wide variety of specifications to suit specific
applications. It is used for erosion control and soil
stabilisation on a wide range of applications from
riverbanks to waste management schemes.

The UK arm of the Maccaferri Industrial Group,
headquartered in Italy, Maccaferri Ltd specialises in the
supply of gabions, geotextiles, geogrids and geomats. In
addition to a full range of products for retaining
structures, soil reinforcement and erosion protection,
the company offers an in-house design and consulting