The London 2012 Velodrome was the winner of the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence at last week’s Structural Awards 2011.
The Supreme Award is the Institution of Structural Engineers’ top award and is presented at the discretion of the judges from a principal category. The Velodrome also scooped the Award for Sports or Leisure Structures and was commended under the David Alsop Award for Sustainability.
The 6,000 seat London 2012 Velodrome will serve as an Olympic and Paralympic stadium for track cycling during the Games. In legacy use, it will take its place as the centrepiece of the VeloPark, a unique community cycling venue that will provide pleasure and employment to generations of Londoners and visitors from all over the world.
The 13,000m² roof is supported by a doubly-curved cable net formed of cables stressed between a perimeter ring beam, which is integral with the curved steel supporting bowl.
Also among the winners were Dublin Airport Terminal Two in Ireland, Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre in Kazakhstan, Las Arenas Bullring in Spain and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the UK.