The Olympic 2012 Velodrome is an iconic sporting venue which intelligently answers questions of function, beauty, sustainability, buildability and value. Inspired by the dynamism and geometry of the track and the engineering rigour of high performance bikes, the truly integrated design and construction team set out to design a building that made no distinction between architecture and engineering.
The 6,000 seat Velodrome has a 13,000 square metre roof which is supported by a doubly-curved cable net stressed between a perimeter ring beam which is fully-integrated with the supporting structure. This impressive outcome belies the hugely-complex analysis that was required to ‘make it work’.
Innovation was at the heart of the Velodrome design; Expedition shaved 1000 tonnes of steel and £4m from the budget by pushing the boundaries of cable net roof design and interpretation of dynamic analysis, and developed a novel articulated roof cladding system based on insulated timber cassettes.
To quote the Olympic Delivery Authority Chief Executive Sir David Higgins
“I think that the Velodrome is extraordinary. I’m an engineer, so I’m biased but I think that the ingenuity of that design is fantastic”
Expedition is a group of inspired and inspirational structural and civil engineers based in London. Established in 1999, the practice aims to bring high-quality, creative engineering to projects of all shapes and sizes. We believe in the value of working closely and collaboratively with architects, designers, clients and contractors to deliver simple, practical, economic, inherently sustainable and beautiful design solutions. Our work extends from private residences, commercial developments and cultural buildings to major infrastructure and masterplan projects in the UK and worldwide.
As part of the Useful Simple Trust, Expedition engineers work closely alongside graphic designers, architects, sustainability consultants and design education providers, all within the same office environment. This fosters an entrepreneurial, dynamic and creative atmosphere which shines through in our engineering solutions.
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Expedition were the lead designers for the Infinity Bridge, Stockton On Tees