London 2012 Velodrome reigns supreme at this year's Structural Awards

Published: 20/12/2011

The Institution of Structural Engineers is delighted to announce that the London 2012 Velodrome has won the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence at the Structural Awards 2011.

The Supreme Award is the Institution of Structural Engineers' most exceptional accolade and is selected at the discretion of the judges from a project entered into one of the principal categories. Velodrome Structural Designers, Expedition Engineering also scooped the Award for Sports or Leisure Structures and the project was commended under the David Alsop Award for Sustainability.

The 6000 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.

Described by quadruple Gold Medal winner Sir Chris Hoy as 'magnificent, better even than it looked on the drawing board', the venue is testament to the success of client, design team and main contractor collaboration and has been delivered on time and on budget.

Structural Awards' judge and Institution President, Professor Roger Plank, said:

'The judges all agreed that the London 2012 Velodrome is a project worthy of winning the Supreme Award. As with so many Supreme Award winners before it, there is a sense of "rightness" to this building that is a rare but undeniable quality.

'It is a gem amongst several jewels in a development that the whole UK can be proud of. It demonstrates outstanding creativity and uniqueness in its combination of the art and science of engineering.

The Velodrome is the most sustainable venue in the Olympic Park in terms of design and construction. Sustainable sourcing has been a priority – including wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council to be used on the track and external cladding.

Roger added: 'The Velodrome dispels all myths that structural engineers have little influence on 'greening' a building. Sustainability has simply been achieved through efficiencies rather than gimmicks and extravagance.

'It is hoped that this stunning piece of engineering will inspire all those engineers out there to tackle the low carbon agenda through structural innovation.'

Among the winning projects are some of the most stunning examples of engineering excellence of the last decade including: 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.

340 guests attended the Structural Awards 2011, which took place on Friday 18 November at the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square in London.

The Structural Awards, held annually by the Institution of Structural Engineers, recognise the work of the world's most talented structural designers - showcasing projects that lead the industry's development. BBC journalist and presenter Natasha Kaplinsky hosted the event alongside Institution CEO, Martin Powell and the President.

Reflecting the international pool of talent the event awarded projects in twelve categories from across Europe, Asia, Australasia and the United States of America.

For the full list of winning projects and to download copies of the Structural Awards brochure please visit our Structural Awards 2011 winners page.

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