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Project Background

Safety Rail Fencing – York Velodrome

Client Name

British Cycling and University of York




Sport Fencing

Creating a 250-meter outdoor track at the University of York that included a 30-degree bank at its steepest point was always going to call for new ideas and innovative solutions. That is just what British Cycling, Lumsden and Carroll, Lafarge Tarmac and CLD Fencing Systems achieved with this £1.1 million facility that opened in time for the 2014 Tour de France.

When planning the project, which began in 2013, CLD Fencing Systems were asked to design a Velodrome Safety Rail Fencing System that would meet the requirements of British Cycling, Sports England and Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). A number of designs and sample bays were constructed before a single and double rail system was adopted based on their Sports Rail Sports Fencing System with matching Lockmaster Gates.

York Velodrome has become a blueprint of excellence for all future Velodrome refurbishments and new builds. It stands as a testament to how manufacturers, contractors, architects and clients can work together to create solutions for safety and promote the sport of cycling to a new generation of Olympic Champions.

  • Fencing and Gate Systems

    An brand new innovative solution for the fencing and gate systems was required for the project that could meet the brief from all the partners.




  • The Brief

    Due to the nature of the sport of track cycling there were a number of key requirements in the brief for the projects fencing and gate solutions.


    • All fencing must be designed in accordance with UCI Regulations, British Cycling and Sports England Design guidance
    • Fencing needs to be 1.1m above ground level with an unbroken surface of at least 650mm
    • All gates must be flush and inwards opening away from the track with simple locking
    • The fencing and gates must contrast against the track
    • A personnel loading of a minimum of 700 Newtons every Meter, and able to withstand a minimum of 2500 Newtons of applied force



In the year the Tour de France comes to York, we are very proud to provide a superb addition to the city’s sports facilities that will complement our floodlit 1.2km closed road cycle circuit. Our partnership with British Cycling to develop this additional facility is a clear demonstration of our commitment to ‘inspire activity’ and to promote the health and well-being of people across the city and beyond.

Benefits of using Sports Rail Spectator Railing


  • Tubular hand rail system in either 48.3 or 60.3mm CHS
  • Heights of 990mm, 1190mm or 1390mm
  • Choice of Rigid Mesh Infills
  • Ease of affixing advertising banners or boards
  • Pitch demarcation with clear viewing
  • Specialist Velodrome Safety Fencing configuration
  • Wide range of RAL Colours available



Benefits of using Lockmaster Swing Gates


  • Single and Double Leaf Options
  • All infills to match our range of Rigid Mesh and Decorative Fencing Systems
  • Wide range of locking options
  • Heights up to 4000mm
  • Widths up to 12000mm Double Leaf
  • Widths up to 6000mm Single Leaf
  • Hot dipped galvanised and Polyester Powder Coated in a full range of RAL Colours
  • Inwards, Outwards and 180 degree opening



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