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National Cycling Centre
Manchester
associated engineer
Design & Build Ltd
date  1994
era  Modern  |  category  Stadium/Arena/Pool  |  reference  SJ872987
One of six national sports centres, this 10,000m sq site houses the first, purpose-built speed track, or velodrome, in Britain.
The building overall echoes the shape and purpose of the 250m track. The eaves are low and the roof pitched at 13 degrees throughout the 122m span. This consists of an arched, steel box truss supporting 600 tons of steel with an aluminium shell, and itself supported by external concrete thrusts.
The exterior of the building is finished in blue engineering brick, silver panels and blue-tinted glazing.
The track is built of 40mm sq Siberian pine timbers, laid on individually manufactured timber trusses, and is the work of a specialist. The stadium accommodates 3,500 spectators.
Roof: Watson Steel
Concrete terraces: CV Buchan
Track design: Ron Webb
Architect: FaulknerBrowns
reference sources   LG/SJ
Location

National Cycling Centre