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2012 London velodrome design team named

By:
Shane Stokes
Published:
July 14, 2007, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 22:32 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for July 14, 2007

Organizers for the London 2012 Olympics revealed preliminary plans for a 6,000 seat velodrome. A...

Organizers for the London 2012 Olympics revealed preliminary plans for a 6,000 seat velodrome. A design consortium of Hopkins Architects, Expedition Engineering, BDSP and Grant Associates won the bid for the facility which will go in the Olympic Park at Stratford in east London.

The structure's roof will feature uniquely shaped roof, including upward curves at either end, and the structure itself will also house a BMX circuit.

"Velodromes are often very boring or bland and they do not connect to the drama or geometry of the track," Hopkins Architects director Mike Taylor said according to the Associated Press. "The design has the curves and form that you would have in a cycle track, but it is also an efficient structure and very strong."

"The winning team impressed the design jury with their understanding of the need to plan games and legacy together," Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive David Higgins said.

Construction will start in 2009 and finish in 2011. After the games, the BMX circuit will move, but a one mile road and mountain bike course will be added.

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