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Refurbished building to feature UK's first rooftop running track - images

Work has started on site on the first building in Britain to have a running track on its roof.

Designed by architect 3W as part of the £55 million regeneration of the former Mail Marketing site in Bedminster, the 225m-long track will sit on top of the soon-to-be refurbished Springfield House.

The six-storey building, which is to be converted into 250 luxury apartments, will also feature a gym and a café.

Surprisingly, it is not the first time the building's roof has been used for sporting activities. Back in the early 1900s, workers used the area to play netball on.

In recent years, there have been a number of attempts to build rooftop tracks, but none have succeeded.

The most famous was Terry Farrell's plan to put a track on top of his Home Office building in Pimlico. The scheme was blocked due to issues over security.

3W, which has offices in London and Bristol, hopes the project will be complete by the end of the year.

by Richard Waite

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