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Hopkins’ London 2012 Olympic Velodrome roofed

### london2012.com 01 Apr 2010
World Champion sees Velodrome roof structure complete
World Champion track cyclist Ed Clancy today visited the Velodrome to see the completed roof structure.

The distinctive double-curved roof has now been lifted into place in one of the biggest cable-net roof lifts in the UK, keeping the venue on track for completion in early 2011. It will be the first Olympic Park sporting venue to be finished.

The site was visited today by British cyclist Ed Clancy who became the new World Champion in the Omnium event at the Track Cycling 2010 World Championships in Copenhagan. Ed also won gold at the Beijing 2008 Games as part of the record-breaking Team Pursuit quartet.

Ed Clancy said: ‘Becoming World Champion was an amazing experience and a reminder of the excitement of racing at a major championship, so it was great to see the Olympic Park Velodrome where I hope to compete on home soil in 2012.

‘The Velodrome is already shaping up to be a fantastic venue and I can’t wait to come back here to help Team GB continue our gold rush in 2012.’

The 6,000-seat Velodrome will host the Olympic and Paralympic Track Cycling events during the Games. After 2012, the venue will be used by elite athletes and the local community. It will include a café, as well as bike hire and cycle workshop facilities.

The completion of the Velodrome roof comes as the Olympic Delivery Authority marks its fourth anniversary and announces it is on track to meet its latest set of construction milestones.

View latest images of the Velodrome

View latest aerial images of the Olympic Park

Read full media release

darjole – 18 July 2007
Designed by Hopkins Architects, the 2012 Olympic velodrome with be situated in the north of the London Olympic Park and be an iconic centrepiece for the cycling and BMX events during 2012 before becoming the UK’s premier cycling facility.


The Velodrome is being constructed by ISG who were also responsible for replacing the track at the Manchester Velodrome where the British team secured nine gold medals at the World Cycling Championships in 2008.

The design team for the VeloPark is made up of Hopkins Architects, Expedition Engineering, BDSP and Grant Associates, 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.

london2012 – 11 September 2008
Chris Hoy talks about the London 2012 VeloPark design.


Public Art
Also coming to Olympic Park, artist Anish Kapoor has won a commission to design a 115m high public artwork, to be built as part of London’s Olympic Games in 2012. The sculpture, called ArcelorMittal Orbit, has been designed in collaboration with structural engineer Cecil Balmond of Arup. Link


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