The Velodrome

The construction of the London 2012 Velodrome, host of the Olympic and Paralympic indoor track cycling.
  • Customer
    Olympic Delivery Authority
  • Procurement Route
    Two Stage Design and Build
  • Completion Date
    January 2011
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Value
  • Form Of Contract
    NEC 3
  • Project Manager
  • Structural Engineer
    Expedition Engineering
  • Area
    170,000 sq ft
  • Program Duration
    98 weeks
  • Architect
    Hopkins Architects
  • ME Engineer
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The project

The 6,000 seat London 2012 Velodrome hosted the Olympic and Paralympic indoor track cycling events and is being used by elite athletes and the local community post Games. ISG commenced construction work in March 2009 and completed in January 2011, ahead of schedule.

It was the first venue to be completed on the Olympic Park. The legacy Velodrome includes a cafe, bike hire and cycle workshop facilities and the 360 degree concourse level offers fantastic views over the Olympic Park, and out to the London skyline.


By working closely with Hopkins, the architects, and Expedition, the engineers, we saved around 1,000 tonnes of structural steelwork and £1.5 million by redesigning the roof. Cable net roofs usually have a ring beam against which the cables are tensioned, like a tennis racket.

We designed this out by using the bowl structure to take this load. The result is that the roof weighs only 30kg per sq m, roughly half that of any other covered Velodrome, This is a key component in making the Velodrome the greenest venue on the Olympic Park. Additional benefits of a lighter roof meant that the foundations sizes could be smaller and shallower, resulting in less concrete and a reduced carbon footprint as there was less excavation of contaminated materials from the landfill site below.