The London 2012 Velodrome has been awarded a prestigious accolade that recognises the best of British design and service.

The 6,000-seat venue picked up the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award and will host the Olympic and Paralympic track cycling events in 2012. After the Games, the legacy Velodrome will be used by elite athletes, local and wider communities and will include a café, bike-hire and cycle workshop facilities.


The award, which has run for the past decade, recognises new buildings, places and spaces that improve the delivery of public services, give a sense of identity and community, are a source of local pride, and help build a sustainable future. It forms part of the British Construction Industry Awards and is sponsored jointly by the Cabinet Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Olympic Delivery Authority chairman John Armitt said: "This is a tremendous achievement for a venue that combines innovative architecture, engineering and construction into a stunning and sustainable building. Along with its striking design, the Velodrome also places sport at its heart, creating a world-class facility for the Games and for a new generation of cyclists to train and compete on in future.

"This is a proud moment for everyone involved in the Olympic Park and welcome recognition that the project is transforming the skyline of east London with landmark new buildings for people to enjoy for decades to come," he added.

Judges picked the Velodrome out of a list of 27 projects from across the UK, including the Olympic Stadium and the colourful Central Park Bridge that spans over the River Lea between the Stadium and Aquatics Centre. It was the first Olympic Park venue completed by the ODA in February 2011.

Posted on 16/10/2011