Friday | 05 March, 2010 | 3:31 am

Aerodynamic architecture

By Modern Metals' staff

March 2010 - Fast tracks equal fast times. The international cycling stars that qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games will race on a state-of-the-art track at a brand-new facility, where they will hope to turn in the fastest time and be at the top of the podium proudly wearing gold.

The steel structure of the London 2012 velodrome is complete, which makes it on track to be the first venue finished in the Olympic Park. The designers of the structure have worked closely with the designers of the track to tailor the geometry and set the temperature and environmental conditions to create a record-breaking, 250 meter International Cycling Union-approved indoor track.

The velodrome will have 6,000 seats and host the Olympic and Paralympic track cycling events in 2012. Forty-eight thousand cubic meters of material were excavated to create the bowl for the velodrome and more than 900 piles were driven up to 26 meters beneath the ground to complete the foundations of the venue.

The building's design is lightweight and efficient, reflecting the design of a bicycle. It also focuses on several sustainability elements: Daylight pours through strategically positioned rooflights, reducing the need for artificial lighting; water saving fittings built into the design allow collection of rainwater for reuse in building, helping reduce water consumption; and the lightweight cable-net roof structure weighs 30 kilograms per square meter, compared to 65 kilograms per meter squared for the velodrome used for the Beijing Games.

ODA Chief Executive David Higgins said in a press release, "The completion of the velodrome steel structure gives us an exciting glimpse of what will not only be a world-class venue for the Games and legacy but another striking piece of architecture for the Olympic Park.

"The Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre are already firm fixtures on the east London skyline, but the velodrome taking shape has created a new focal point in the north of the Olympic Park," he pointed out.

The velodrome is being constructed by contractors ISG, and more than 2,500 sections of steelwork were installed to complete the steel structure. The steelwork sections rise in height by 12 meters from the shallowest point to the highest part of the structure, helping form the distinct double-curved roof structure, which according to a press release, has been designed to reflect the geometry of the cycling track. Watsons Steel Structures Ltd., Bolton, U.K., supplied the fabricated steel for the velodrome's structure.

After the Olympics' conclusion, a road cycle circuit and mountain bike course will be added to the velodrome and BMX Circuit to create VeloPark, which will become a cycling hub. VeloPark will include a cafe, bike hire, cycle workshop and storage for more than 300 bikes. It will be linked into cycle routes that will connect the facility with the rest of the city.

Shaun Dawson, chief executive of the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, who will own, fund and manage the velodrome after the Olympics, said in a press release, "While the construction work has been racing ahead, we've been working closely with our partners to develop a legacy program that will enable everyone from schoolchildren to local clubs to elite cyclists to get the most from this stunning building.

"As the owners, funders and managers of the whole VeloPark in legacy, we'll make sure this first-rate center will be truly world class, welcoming cyclists of all levels and disciplines to train, race or simply cycle for fun. It will be an integral part of the chain of sporting excellence we are creating through the 26-mile long, 10,000-acre Lee Valley Regional Park." MM

mm sm ed cal banner330px 2016

MM Cover 10 15 digital

vert-current-linewhiteOctober 2015

2016 End User Outlook

Although low pricing on metal products across the globe once inspired companies to stock up, there’s little appetite for risk peering into 2016.


Instagram - @ModernMetalsMag

MIDWEST register deadline3

Modern Metals on Twitter


Industry Partners


PNC BankDoALL Sawing ProductsStraub Metal International


Executive Search Services

Sawing Technology

Stainless Steel

Aluminum USA 2015 Leadership Search Group Advanced Machine & Engineering Rolled Alloys
Kaiser Aluminum

Financial Services

Behringer Saws, Inc. Scan Tube/Nebetco Stainless
Sapa Extrusions North America BMO Harris Bank Cosen International, Inc. Stainless Sales Corporation
Gerdau Special Steel North America

Industrial Contracting Solutions


Stainless Steel Service Center

CNC Cutting (Plasma, Waterjet, Laser, Router)

Delta Industrial HE&M Saw Comprinox
Multicam Inc.

Laser Technology


Stainless, Nickel, Aluminum, Pipe, Tube & Bar

Coated Coil

Amada America, Inc. Kasto Inc. Prudential Stainless & Alloys, L.P.
Centria Coating Services Mazak Optonics Corp. KMT Saw


Coil Coatings

Machining Centers

Lenox Alliance Steel LLC
Chemcoaters Handtmann CNC Metlsaw Systems Central Steel Service, Inc.

Coil Processing

Material Handling Pacesetter Steel Service, Inc.
Applefelt Combilift USA Scotchman Industries, Inc. Parker Steel Co.
Bradbury Group Samuel Strapping Systems Specialty Saw Inc. SSAB
Braner USA Steel Storage Systems Inc.

Service Centers

Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Butech Bliss Walker Magnetics North American Steel Alliance

Thickness Gauges


Milling Machinery

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. Advanced Gauging Technologies
Formtek Maine Amada Machine Tools America, Inc. United Performance Metals


Machine Concepts

Perforated & Expanded Metal


Carlson Tool & Manufacturing Corp.
Red Bud Industries McNichols Co. Compusource Corporation

Tube & Pipe

Copper & Brass


Enmark Systems, Inc. Independence Tube Corp.
Christy Metals Inc. Allor Manufacturing Inc.


Specialty Pipe & Tube, Inc.
Concast Metal Products Churchill Steel Plate Ltd Venus Stainless NA Yoder
Farmer's Copper



Tube Mill Equipment & Machinery

National Bronze & Metals








GRB Innovations LLC



OMAX Corporation








Koike Aronson




XRF Analyzer




Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas


Instagram Icon Large twitter facebook linkedin rss

FFJ 1115 brandingcovers