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 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 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.
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.