KEY CHALLENGES FOR THE DESIGN
- Cyclists prefer higher temperatures (78–82°F) as lower air density means they can gain a few milliseconds and break records.
- Spectators want to be cooler.
- Games/events lighting requirements are energy consuming and heat emitting.
- There are restrictions in opening windows at ground floor level due to security/safety concerns.
Future proofed design enables windows to open (at ground floor level), when security might not be such a prominent issue. Night ventilation controls are included in the BMS, but can be overridden by the operator in case of security concerns.
The Velodrome demonstrates best practice in low carbon design, particularly in an elite sporting complex. Although there are many individual elements that contribute to this, it is the successful integration of these solutions that creates the biggest win. Undoubtedly the most important contributor was the early decision to instil a culture of interdisciplinary working within the Design team.
This type of working not only requires strong leadership, openness and flexibility, but also needs to have systems and tools in place, such as 3D modeling which allow the team to optimize the design and check their assumptions at each state of the design process.
The interdisciplinary approach and passive design principals have not only resulted in a low carbon footprint and reduced energy bills for the Legacy owner, but also informed an elegant design which has recently been shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize.