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 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 theVelodrome 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 ODA has done a terrific job. Over the next 18 months LOCOG will be testing the venue and installing the temporary facilities needed for an Olympic and Paralympic competition Velodrome. The British cycling teams provided many of the team GB superstars in recent Games and I am proud to see them on the track for the first time today.”
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “This magnificent venue is a triumph for all those involved in its design and construction. Already an icon for the London Games, with its sweeping roof and sleek ribbon of track, the Velodrome is poised for our world-beating cycling team to smash records in the summer of 2012 and inspire a new generation of racers to take to the saddle. There is no doubt that the Velodrome will be the venue of choice after the Games, both by the community and for major international competitions for years to come, helping to make London the cycling capital of the world.”
Ian Drake, Chief Executive of British Cycling, said: “This fantastic Velodrome will be nothing but an inspiration to our Olympic and Paralympic riders in 2012. Indeed, with the continued growth in popularity of cycling, anyone who is inspired to ride by the likes of Hoy or Pendleton will benefit. Put alongside our home in Manchester and the forthcoming Velodrome in Glasgow we are in a really strong position to further build upon our status as the world’s leading track cycling nation with world-class facilities that are second to none.”
The Olympic Lottery Distributor is investing up to £1.8 billion of National Lottery funding in the infrastructure of the Olympic Park and other Olympic facilities across the UK. Rt Hon Dame Janet Paraskeva, Chair of The Olympic Lottery Distributor said: “This is an important milestone in the delivery of the Olympic Park and National Lottery players can really start to see where their money has been invested with the completion of this truly world class facility. We look forward to the rest of the Park progressing over the next few months.”
The construction of the Velodrome and the legacy VeloPark facilities includes funding from Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA), Sport England, Transport for London (TfL), and the London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT).
Sport England is investing £10.5 million of National Lottery funding in this venue. Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “We’re delighted that our expertise and National Lottery investment are helping to ensure a mass participation legacy for all those inspired by the Games to get back on a bike – frombudding track cyclists and BMX riders to families who want a day out on their bikes.”
London Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy, said: “In recent years London really has become a city that cycles, and we continue to invest record amounts to transform facilities for people who want to get around the city on two wheels. The Games are a unique opportunity to build on that growth in cycling and we are delighted to have contributed to the creation of the Velodrome, which will leave an invaluable source of inspiration and legacy for Londoners.”
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.
Craig Tatton, ISG’s UK Construction Managing Director said: “ISG is proud to have delivered this iconic venue safely, on budget and ahead of programme. The Velodrome is, quite rightly, receiving many plaudits for design, sustainability and excellence in delivery and we are proud of our contribution to the first-completed venue on the Olympic Park. Our involvement has been a fantastic experience for ISG and the overall delivery on the Olympic Park is an accolade to the wider UK construction industry. We will be looking to take all that we’ve achieved and learned out into other schemes both with the London Boroughs and our broader client base in the public and private sectors. We wish all the other venues the very best as they also come to a successful completion.”
Mike Taylor, Senior Partner of Hopkins Architects: “We set out with the ambition to combine architecture, engineering and cycling to create a unique design worthy of London 2012. Hopefully this philosophy is now evident in the way the completed building expresses the dynamism of the internal timber track in its curved formand emulates the efficiency of the bicycle in all aspects of its engineering, and when the VeloPark is complete all forms of cycling will be visible from the concourse. It is the culmination of much hard work from a fantastic team and we are all extremely proud of the end result.”
– 250m UCI (International Cycling Union) approved indoor track
– 6,000 seats and 360 degree concourse in legacy for viewing all cycling activities
– Legacy café, changing rooms, cycle workshop, & storage for over 300 bikes with a
legacy bike hire outlet for families to hire bikes to use the new cycling facilities
– Venue will be linked into cycle routes across London
– After the Games, a road cycle circuit and mountain bike course will be added to the
Velodrome and BMX circuit to create the Lee Valley VeloPark, combining cycling
facilities across all disciplines in one cycling ‘hub’
– The legacy VeloPark will be owned and operated by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
– There will be 10 gold medals to be won in the London 2012 Velodrome, five for men and five for women.
– There will be five events for men and five for women: Sprint, Team Sprint, Keirin, Team Pursuit, and The Omnium
– 188 riders will compete in London 2012
– The track cycling competition will take place over six days in London 2012
– 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
– The Velodrome was constructed over a period of 23 months with up to 450 workers on site at the peak of construction and 2,500 workers involved through the course of the project
– Some 48,000 cubic metres of material was excavated to create the bowl for the Velodrome, enough to fill 19 Olympic-sized swimming pools
– 2,500 sections of steelwork were installed to form the Velodrome structure, rising in height by 12 metres from the shallowest point to the highest part of the structure
– The cable-net roof lift took eight weeks to complete and features some 16km of cabling, covering an area of 12,000m2
– The striking outer cladding of the venue uses 5,000m2 of Western Red Cedar timber
– The Velodrome has been designed with the aim of creating the world’s fastest cycling track by tailoring the track geometry and setting the temperature and environmental conditions within the venue to create record-breaking conditions
– The venue has also been being designed with seating all the way round the track to create the best possible crowd atmosphere during events.
– Renowned Velodrome track designer Ron Webb oversaw the design and installation of the 2012 track having previously worked on the Sydney and Athens Velodromes
– A team of 26 specialist carpenters installed the cycling track over a period of 8 weeks
– 56km of surface timber from a sustainably-sourced Siberian pine was laid to form the track surface, fixed into place with more than 350,000 nails
– 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