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 London 2012 Olympic Games Progress Report

[Velodrome is up to speed . . cont]

Construction challenge of distinct velodrome design

Natural light is provided through the 360º glazed concourse level, which not only reduces need for artificial lighting

The Velodrome roof has designed to reflect the geometry of the cycling track.

Natural light is provided through the 360º glazed concourse level, which not only reduces need for artificial lighting but will also offer spectators inside views onto 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 before the roofing elements were lifted into position.In preparing the ground, more than 48,000 m³ of material was excavated to create the bowl for the Velodrome.

Finishing work on installing the roof panels (top) The Velodrome before the roofing elements were lifted into position.

The structure is built on more than 900 piles driven to depths up to 26 m down and comprises 2,500 sections of steelwork. Some 16 km of steel cabling is used to support the 5,000 m² cable-net roof which weights just 30 kg/m².

Associated works proceeding

With the roof now nearing completion, the contractors can focus on the internal fit out of the Velodrome.

While this is progressing, work will continue on the outside track and associated parklands, paths and bridges to provide easy access to and from the venue.




With the roof now in place, work can commence on fitting out the interior of the Velofrome.






Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority which will own, fund and manage the Velodrome after the Games:

'It’s incredibly exciting to witness this stunning venue take shape. While work has been racing ahead on site we’ve been working closely with British Cycling, our partners and host boroughs to develop the legacy programme. After the Games we’ll make sure this first rate centre is truly world class, welcoming cyclists of all levels and disciplines to train, race or simply cycle for fun all year round.'


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