The historic Herne Hill Velodrome in south London, managed by Velo Club Londres on behalf of British Cycling, is undergoing phased regeneration to secure its future as a cycling venue. The work includes a second track, multi-use games area, floodlighting and a new pavilion. Ramboll’s team of engineers and computational designers (all enthusiastic cyclists) provided geotechnical, civil and structural engineering for the project, which has elements of pro bono work.
The velodrome was built in 1891 and hosted the 1948 London Olympics track cycling events. Its bitumen track, approximately 450m in circumference, was laid in the 1940s and replaced by a banked epoxy surface in the 1990s. After years of decline, the velodrome closed in 2005 but re-opened in 2011 when British Cycling obtained a new lease on the site from landowners Dulwich Estate and funded an all-weather tarmac surface and trackside barriers.
Phase 1 consisted of a second track 250m in circumference and a multi-use games area being constructed on the infield, with floodlighting of the main track to enable its use after dark. Ramboll scoped and interpreted the site investigation, provided flood risk advice and designed the works, which have been funded by the Southwark Olympic Legacy Project (SOLP). The high-profile official opening is on 6th June 2013.
Phase 2 is the replacement of the original pavilion, which is in an unsafe condition and has been closed since the early 2000s. Ramboll undertook the feasibility study for and initial design of the proposed new pavilion, to be constructed over the original footprint. Our expertise in computational design, lightweight structures and cross-laminated timber helped to inform the architectural design. If the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust meets its fundraising target, Ramboll will complete the structural design for the new pavilion.