A consortium headed by Hopkins Architects including consultant Expedition Engineering and cost consultant Faithful and Gould was yesterday named as the designer of London Olympic Velopark.
The Velopark will consist of a main 6,000-seat Velodrome structure to house indoor cycling plus an outdoor BMX circuit. While the Velodrome will be a permanent structure, after the 2012 Games it will be converted into several tracks to cater for road racing, mountain biking and BMX events.Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chief executive David Higgins said: 'The winning team impressed the design jury with their understanding of the need to plan Games and legacy together. Their vision supported our desire for a Velodrome that sits within a comprehensive VeloPark with a wide range of cycling facilities for people of all abilities - beginner to elite. 'The Hopkins team's design proposes the Velodrome as an oval structure with a roof similar in geometry to an saddle.Inside, 3,500 spectators will sit on a lower level near the track with the remainder sitting above overlooking the straights of the cycle circuit. Behind these seats there will be a viewing platform to look out at the Olympic Park and the London skyline.Other firms that will work as part of the winning design team include environmental consultants BDSP and landscape architects and masterplanners Grant Associates.The team will now have one year to develop their concept design, with construction not due to start until summer 2009, finishing in 2011. Higgins said the ODA was still in the process of finalising a shortlist of contractors for the Velopark, with an appointment to be made in four to five months time.