The latest pictures of the London's new Olympic velodrome released today show that work is well underway on the structural steelwork that will help form the distinct double-curved shape of the venue.
The 6,000 seat velodrome will host the Olympic and Paralympic Track Cycling events in 2012. The velodrome design features a lower tier of 3,500 seats and an upper tier of 2,500 seats with the seating tiers divided by a 360 degree concourse level offering views over the Olympic Park and out to the London skyline.
Construction work on the Velodrome began on schedule in March and the 360 degree concourse level is now nearing completion. Work is also now well underway to lift the first sections of structural steelwork into place to form the Velodrome roof structure and support the upper tiers of seating.
More than 2,500 sections of steelwork will be installed altogether to complete the roof structure and upper tier of the velodrome. The steelwork sections rise in height by 12 metres from the shallowest point to the highest part of the structure, helping form the distinct double-curved roof structure which has been designed to reflect the geometry of the cycling track.
At the track level of the venue, several sections of steelwork have already been installed in the lower tier of seating with the first pre-cast concrete terracing units now in place. Work on the steelwork that will support the cycling track is also now underway and due to be completed early next month.
Bolton-based company Watsons Steel is supplying the fabricated steel for the velodrome structure to the construction contractor in a deal worth over £3million.
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