London 2012 Velodrome – Building Unveiled

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London 2012 Velodrome – Building Unveiled

London 2012 Velodrome unveiled as Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Jason Kenny & GB riders try out track for first time

ODA completes construction of first Olympic Park venue on time and on budget

British cyclists including Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Jason Kenny took to the track in the London 2012 Velodrome for the first time today as the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) unveiled the first Olympic Park venue to finish construction, on time and to budget.

The 6,000 seat Velodrome will host the Olympic and Paralympic track cycling events in 2012. After the Games, the legacy Velodrome will be used by elite athletes and the local community and will include a café, bike hire and cycle workshop facilities. The ODA started work on the Velodrome in March 2009 with construction now completed and the first Olympic Park venue in place nearly 18 months before the start of the Games.

Selected riders from the Great Britain Cycling Team tried out the Velodrome for the first time today including Beijing Games medal winners Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Jason Kenny and Ross Edgar, together with rising stars and established names in the GB cycling team. The cyclists were joined in unveiling the Velodrome by ODA Chairman John Armitt, Seb Coe Chair of the London Organising Committee (LOCOG), Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and other guests.

ODA Chairman John Armitt said: “In delivering the Velodrome on time and to budget we have completed our first Olympic Park venue and our biggest milestone to-date. The striking architecture of the Velodrome and the medal prospects of our world-leading cyclists mean the venue will become one of the defining images from the Games, and a landmark new building for future generations to enjoy. The architect, engineers and contractor have worked together to produce a stunning and sustainable building – it is a worthy venue to be first past the Olympic Park finishing line and a testament to the hard work of those on site.“

Seb Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: “This is a stunning venue built for champions, and designed for legacy.”

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “This magnificent venue is a triumph for all those involved in its design and construction…an icon for the London Games, with its sweeping roof and sleek ribbon of track.”

The Velodrome was built by contractor ISG. The design team for the VeloPark is made up of Hopkins Architects, Expedition Engineering, and BDSP who were appointed in 2007 following a design competition judged by leading names from the world of architecture and design as well as Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy.

Velodrome Design
- Distinct Velodrome roof designed to reflect the geometry of the cycling track, using a very lightweight double curving cable net structure
- The 6,000 seats are split into a lower and upper tier, allowing a 360 degrees concourse level in between with a continuous ribbon of full height windows
- The 360 degree glazed concourse level in legacy will offer spectators inside the Velodrome views out onto the rest of the Olympic Park and across the London skyline, while allowing people outside of the Velodrome views into the venue and down onto the cycling track

Velodrome Sustainability Elements
- The building has been designed to be lightweight and efficient to reflect the efficient design of a bicycle
- The use of abundant daylight through strategically positioned rooflights reduces need for artificial lighting, and natural ventilation is achieved through openings in the external timber cladding of the venue
- Water saving fittings and collection of rainwater for reuse in building are built into design to help reduce water consumption
- Compact design minimises energy consumed to heat the main arena
- Lightweight cable-net roof structure weighs 30kg/m2 compared to 65kg/m2 for the Beijing Velodrome, helping create a highly efficient building

Latest aerial photos from the London Olympics site:

London Olympics Velodrome

Latest aerial photos from the London Olympics site:

2012 London Olympics – VeloPark
Hopkins Architects
Competition win, Jul 2007
6,000 seater cycling venue for the 2012 Olympics
with : Expedition Engineering, BDSP and Grant Associates

28 Jan 2010

London 2012 Velodrome Steelwork Complete

New images show 2012 Velodrome steel structure complete as huge roof lift begins

Cycling facility on track to be first Olympic Park venue finished

Work has been completed on the steel structure of the London 2012 Velodrome, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced today, keeping it on track to be the first venue to be completed in the Olympic Park in early 2011.

The 6,000 seat Velodrome will host the Olympic and Paralympic track cycling events in 2012. After the Games, the legacy Velodrome will be used by elite athletes and the local community and will include a café, bike hire and cycle workshop facilities.

Construction work started on the Velodrome in March 2009 making it one of the last of the ‘Big Five’ Olympic Park venues to get underway but with the Velodrome steel structure complete and work now underway to install the distinctive double-curved cable-net roof, the venue is on track for completion in early 2011 to make it the first Olympic Park venue to be completed.

The latest Velodrome images can be downloaded from http://mm.gettyimages.com/mm/nicePath/locog?nav=pr132721722 and a document showing the progress on the Velodrome can be viewed at www.london2012.com/publications . The Velodrome site was visited this week by British cyclist Jamie Staff, Gold medallist in the Team Sprint event at the Beijing 2008 Games. A video blog of Jamie Staff’s visit can be viewed at www.london2012.com.

Jamie Staff said: “It was great to visit the London 2012 Velodrome site and I was hugely impressed by the progress being made. It was good to see at first hand how the venue is being designed and built to create a great crowd atmosphere and deliver the best possible conditions for track cyclists and I’m sure this will be a perfect venue for Team GB to continue to hit Gold in 2012.”

ODA Chief Executive David Higgins said: “The completion of the Velodrome steel structure gives us an exciting glimpse of what will not only be a world-class venue for the Games and legacy, but another striking piece of architecture for the Olympic Park. The Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre are already firm fixtures on the east London skyline but the Velodrome taking shape has created a new focal point in the north of the Olympic Park. This year will be the toughest so far across the site, and we now turn our attentions to the lifting of the huge cable-net roof of the Velodrome, a key engineering challenge which will help crown this spectacular venue.”

Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG), said: “It is very exciting to see the Velodrome taking shape. It will enhance cycling facilities within the UK and adds another world class Velodrome to the country for use in the south east and London. This is an example of hosting the Games leading to the provision of more sports facilities for elite and community usage. LOCOG as an organisation has worked alongside the ODA in designing the venue and we are looking forward to the opportunity of using such a thrilling venue to stage one of Britain’s favourite sports and winning more British medals.”

Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority who will own, fund and manage the Velodrome in legacy, said: “While the construction work has been racing ahead, we’ve been working closely with our partners to develop a legacy programme that will enable everyone from school children to local clubs to elite cyclists to get the most from this stunning building.

“As the owners, funders and managers of the whole VeloPark in legacy we’ll make sure this first rate centre will be truly world class, welcoming cyclists of all levels and disciplines to train, race or just simply cycle for fun. It will be an integral part of the chain of sporting excellence we are creating through the 26 mile long, 10,000 acre Lee Valley Regional Park.”

The Velodrome is being constructed by contractors ISG and more than 2,500 sections of steelwork were installed to complete the steel structure of the venue. The steelwork sections rise in height by 12 metres from the shallowest point to the highest part of the structure, helping form the distinct double-curved roof structure which has been designed to reflect the geometry of the cycling track. Bolton-based company Watsons Steel supplied the fabricated steel for the Velodrome structure in a deal worth over £3million.

With the Velodrome steel structure complete, work is now underway to install the venue roof in what is one of the largest cable-net roof lifts in the UK, using some 16 kilometres of cable. The Velodrome is one of the most sustainable venues in the Olympic Park and the lightweight cable-net roof structure will only weigh 30kg per m2, roughly half that of any other covered Velodrome, helping create a highly-efficient building.

The cable-net roof is due to be completed in the Spring when work will then begin to cover the roof and install the outer cladding of the venue. The Velodrome structure is due to be watertight by the summer, allowing work to install the timber cycling track to begin in the Autumn. The venue is due to be completed in early 2011.

After the Games, a road cycle circuit and mountain bike course will be added to the Velodrome and BMX circuit to create a legacy VeloPark that will combine cycling facilities across all disciplines in one cycling ‘hub’.

The legacy VeloPark will be owned, funded and managed by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. The construction of the VeloPark facilities includes funding from LOCOG, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA), Sport England, Transport for London (TfL), and the London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT).

Velodrome fact file:

Velodrome facilities:
- 250m UCI (International Cycling Union) approved indoor track and 100m warm up circuit
- 6,000 seats and 360 degree Public Concourse in legacy for viewing all cycling activities
- Legacy café, changing rooms, cycle workshop, Gym, & storage for over 300 bikes
- Legacy bike hire outlet for families to hire bikes to use the new cycling facilities
- Venue will be linked into cycle routes across London, linking the new venue with the whole of the capital

Velodrome design:
- Distinct Velodrome roof designed to reflect the geometry of the cycling track
- The 6,000 seats are split into a lower and upper tier, allowing a 360 degrees concourse level in between with a continuous ribbon of full height windows
- The 360 degree glazed concourse level in legacy will offer spectators inside the Velodrome views out onto the rest of the Olympic Park and across the London skyline, while allowing people outside of the Velodrome views into the venue and down onto the cycling track
- The Velodrome designers are working closely with track designers to tailor the track geometry and set the temperature and environmental conditions within the venue with the aim of creating a record-breaking track
- The venue is being designed to create the best possible crowd atmosphere in the 6,000 capacity venue to help maximise the performance of cyclists and aim to give Team GB a home advantage in 2012

Construction:
- Some 48,000 cubic metres of material was excavated to create the bowl for the Velodrome, enough to fill 19 Olympic-sized swimming pools
- More than 900 piles were driven up to 26 metres beneath the ground to complete the foundations of the venue
- More than 2,500 sections of steelwork were installed to complete the steel structure of the Velodrome
- More than 100 workers are on the Velodrome site

Sustainability elements:
- The building has been designed to be lightweight and efficient to reflect the efficient design of a bicycle
- Use of abundant daylight through strategically positioned rooflights reduces need for artificial lighting and allows natural ventilation
- Water saving fittings built into design to allow collection of rainwater for reuse in building, helping reduce water consumption
- Lightweight cable-net roof structure weighs 30kg/m2 compared to 65kg/m2 for the Beijing Velodrome, helping create a highly efficient building

  • Source: Hopkins Architects / www.e-architect.co.uk
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