Cyclists across London and the South East are celebrating following the approval of plans to build a new pavilion at the historic Herne Hill Velodrome.
At last Tuesday’s meeting of Southwark Council’s planning committee, councillors voted unanimously to approve the Hopkins Architects design for the new building that will replace the existing one, which has been out of use for nearly a decade despite the track itself being very popular and in constant use.
The Herne Hill Velodrome Trust, who submitted the plans, was established in 2011 to ensure the regeneration and continued use of the Herne Hill site, which has hosted a velodrome since 1891.
The project, which is on Metropolitan Open Land and in a Conservation Area, reorganises the facilities on the site providing more useable space including a fabric covered area for bad weather activities.
These upgrades will also allow the Velodrome to function in parallel with the main London 2012 Velodrome as it provides excellent novice experience before moving onto the steeper 250m banking of indoor venues.
The centrepiece of the scheme will be a new pavilion to replace the existing derelict structure. It will include changing facilities and coaches room as well as covered outdoor seating and a new meeting/club room featuring views over the track. The original cast iron columns from the 1890’s are incorporated into the design.
Work to resurface and add lighting to the 450m track and was completed in 2011 and Planning permission for the pavilion was granted by Southwark in June 2015.
The approved plans, which have been developed and (subject to completion of funding agreements) will be delivered thanks to Sport England, the London Marathon Charitable Trust and Southwark Council, and will allow for a multi-sports room, training and office space, as well as reconfigured bike storage.
The project is expected to complete in summer 2016, in time for the facility’s 125th anniversary.
The design is by Hopkins Architects’ Mike Taylor, who was also the architect of the London 2012 Velodrome.
Client: Herne Hill Velodrome Trust