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Hopkins worked with a design panel that included Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy


VELODROME CYCLING – TRACK (OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC)


DESIGN AND BUILD: The Hopkins-designed Velodrome is one of the most sustainable venues of the London 2012 Games.


Sustainable choices have been made wherever possible; from the sourcing of wood used on the track


and external cladding to the installation of a 100 per cent naturally ventilated system that eliminates the need for air conditioning. Wherever possible, the materials used in the venue’s con- struction were sustainably sourced, including the 5,000sq m of western red cedar used to clad its exterior. The Velodrome has capacity for 6,000 spectators, with the seat- ing split into two tiers. A glass wall around the venue’s perimeter between the lower and upper tiers of the ven-


ue’s seating will give spectators a 360-degree view of the Olympic Park.


AFTER THE GAMES: After the Olympics, the venue will be handed over to the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and form the heart of a new VeloPark for use by the local commu- nity, clubs and elite athletes. The VeloPark will also include the


reconfigured BMX track, a new moun- tain bike track and a road cycle circuit, plus a café and bike hire facilities.


BMX TRACK CYCLING - BMX


DESIGN AND BUILD: This challenging course features an 8m-high ramp at the start, followed by jumps, bumps and tightly banked corners. Around 14,000cubic metres of soil


were used to build the track, which was excavated elsewhere on the Olympic Park site, cleaned then reused to cre- ate a series of levels up to 4m high, on which the final track was formed.


AFTER THE GAMES:The tempo- The BMX track was designed and approved by the UCI 32 Read Leisure Management online leisuremanagement.co.uk/digital


rary seating will be removed and the track reconfigured to make it suitable for riders of all ages and abilities.


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