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Construction of new pavilion begins at iconic Herne Hill Velodrome

Work is underway for the Hopkins designed pavilion

Image © Hopkins Architects

Tuesday 28 June 2016

The third and final stage of a project to secure the future of one of the UK’s most important sporting and cycling venues has begun.

Built in 1891, the open-air velodrome at Herne Hill has, over the years, welcomed some of the world’s greatest riders as well as playing host to hundreds of thousands of young and aspiring riders. By 2001 the track was under threat of closure due to the surface breaking up, and the pavilion deemed unsafe. Thanks to Velo Club Londres, British Cycling and the co-operation from The Dulwich Estate, the site, and cycling, was maintained until 2010, when local residents launched a campaign to save the
velodrome for future generations.

Some six years on and that campaign has grown into the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust, a registered charity with patrons from across London and the wider sporting scene. It has already secured two of its three major objectives.

  • An initial 15-year lease ensured funding could be obtained to fully refurbish the track in 2011, the £500,000 project was funded by British Cycling through its Sport England investment and from a financial bequest left to British Cycling for use ‘in the pursuit of track cycling' by London resident Leonard Lyes. Leonard was a life-long supporter of the Herne Hill Velodrome.
  • In early 2013, Southwark Council’s Olympic legacy funding saw the installation of trackside lighting, a multi-use games area and a brand new, junior track. These improvements have led to a massive increase in participation with riders from two to 82 enjoying the new facilities.

Now in May 2016 the original pavilion, which has been unusable and unsafe for so many years, has been demolished as the site is prepared for a brand new pavilion designed by long-term supporters of the Trust, and designers of the Olympic Velodrome, Hopkins Architects. Grants from Sport England, the London Marathon Trust, Southwark Council and £100,000 from the Mayor of London’s Sports Facilities Fund helped make the pavilion possible.

The track itself remains open for riding and racing by schools, communities and clubs.

Iain Roberts, Buro Four Chairman “We are very excited to be part of such an iconic step forward for British Cycling – Herne Hill has been the home of so many great athletes and we hope these new facilities will pave the way for many more!

Hillary Peachey, Chair of the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust said, “What better way to celebrate Herne Hill Velodrome’s 125th birthday this year by starting the final phase of our ambitious project to construct a new pavilion, which will safeguard cycling here for the next 99 years. We owe enormous thanks to the volunteers, the schools, the clubs, riders, land owners (The Dulwich Estate), lease holders (British Cycling) and of course our incredible funders: Sport England, The London Marathon Charitable Trust, Southwark Council, the Mayor of London and the project team for getting us this far.

The pavilion works have been made possible by an agreement between current leaseholders British Cycling and the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust, the future leaseholders of the track. On completion of the new facility, the Trust will take over the day to day operation of the track, working with the clubs that already support and use the venue.

We are delighted to be working closely with the professional team, site users, and local residents to deliver this final phase during the first quarter of 2017.