New images of the London 2012 Velodrome show the huge roof now covered with the timber ceiling in place.
The cable-net roof of the Velodrome was lifted into place earlier this year to form the distinctive double-curved shape of the venue. More than 1000 exposed timber panels have now been lifted into place to sit on top of the cable-net structure, helping cover the roof and form the timber ceiling of the venue.
Completion of the roof covering makes the Velodrome weather-tight allowing work to continue inside in preparation for the cycling track to be installed later this year. Work is also now underway to install the venue lighting and public address systems, handrails and balustrades and other internal finishes.
Construction of the Velodrome started in March 2009. The distinct double-curved cable-net roof has been designed to reflect the geometry of the cycling track, and features 16 km of cabling and 1000 exposed timber panels, covering an area of 13500 m2.
The Velodrome is one of the most sustainable venues in the Olympic Park and the lightweight roof weighs roughly half that of any other covered Velodrome, helping create a highly-efficient building.
The 6000 seat Velodrome will host the Olympic and Paralympic track cycling events in 2012. After the Games, the legacy Velodrome will be used by elite athletes and the local community and will include a café, bike-hire and cycle workshop facilities.
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