Winner 2011

Award for
Structural Engineering Excellence

Project Description

The 6000 seat London 2012 Velodrome will serve as an Olympic and Paralympic stadium for track cycling during the Games. The venue is recognised as being the most sustainable on the Olympic Park, and has been described by the ODA Head of Sustainability Dan Epstein “.... [as] the shining beacon of sustainability… [it is] incredibly resource and energy efficient”. According to London 2012’s “Learning Legacy”, the Velodrome is an excellent example of a building that has optimised the use of materials, and minimised the environmental and social impact of the materials that were used. On track for a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, it also has other significant credentials such as the 29% recycled content in the building, natural ventilation, extensive use of natural day lighting and exceeding Part L (2006) requirements by some 30%.

Judge’s comments

"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."

Project overview

Client Name

  • Olympic Delivery Authority

Year Submitted

  • 2011