Landmark new cycling hub for London to inspire generations to come
The VeloPark, to be based in the north of the Olympic Park, will include a 6,000 seat Velodrome to host the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic indoor track cycling events as well as a BMX circuit for Olympic events. After the Games, a road cycle circuit and mountain bike course around 6 km long will be added to create a legacy VeloPark that will combine cycling facilities across all disciplines in one cycling ‘hub’. The venue will be linked into cycle routes across London, connecting the whole of the capital with the new world-class cycling facilities. Lee Valley Regional Park Authority will be operating the VeloPark after the Olympic events.
Hopkins Architects, Expedition Engineering, BDSP and Grant Associates are the design team appointed last year following a design competition. Mike Taylor, a Director of Hopkins Architects commented:“ Our vision for the VeloPark has always been to create a place where both beginners and elite athletes will be equally at home. The form of the Velodrome has been designed to express the drama and elegance of the track geometry and we hope it will become one of the defining images of the Olympic Park not to mention a place where World Records will be broken. After 2012 it will continue to attract international competition and when all the outdoor circuits are complete the VeloPark will become an exciting hub for all forms of cycling in London."
A planning application for the venue will be submitted later this month with construction work due to start on site in early 2009.