Broken ground in March 2009, the velodrome for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London became the first venues to be finished for the games. In the time of economic constraints, the lead architectural team, Hopkins Architects, not only handed the arena over on time but within budget as well. To seat 6,000 cycling fanatics, the 35-mile track, handsomely clad in sustainable Siberian pine by 26 carpenters over the course of 8 weeks, banks gently at 42-degree with a longer straight-away towards the finish for those last minute sprints. Sustainability being the theme of all Olympic venues, the velodrome employed a lightweight cable-net roof construction, optimal usages of natural light, rainwater collection for re-usages, and other innovative features. After the games, the track will be part of a community sporting space, with café and workshops.
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