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Herne Hill velodrome pavilion submitted to planners

16th May 2014

Herne Hill velodrome in Dulwich, south London, is to get a new £1.9m pavilion, designed by Hopkins Architects. This will complete a renovation plan devised by Herne Hill Velodrome Trust's Save the Velodrome campaign.  

Herne Hill velodrome was built in 1891, and was used for the Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948. It saw crowds of more than 10,000 for events in its heyday in the 1920s and 1930s. However, in 2005, it closed, other than holding the traditional Good Friday track meeting. Velo Club de Londres then took a short lease, but by 2010, the track was again threatened with closure.

The Save the Velodrome campaign led to a 15-year lease for British Cycling, and they spent £400,000 resurfacing the track. That was stage one of the regeneration of the velodrome. Stage two was funded by the Southwark Olympic Legacy programme, and involved the construction of a junior track ad multi-use game area, as well as track lighting. 

Now stage 3 of the project is under way - building a new pavilion. It is being funded by Sport England and the London Marathon Trust. Andrew Edge of Hopkins Architects is working for free. His plans have been submitted to Southwark Council, and according to the Guardian's Bike Blog, a decision is expected by late August or September 2014.


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