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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Velodrome Takes Shape Now

Much work has been done since my last site visit a few weeks ago.
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We can see that the wall structure is up to roof  height and about half of the roof is now on.  Good timing, with the prospect of the Winter weather ahead.  Lots of interior work to be done over the next 13 months and the completion date remains at October 2014.

This will be the main entrance, and hopefully there will be better places than this to park our bikes.

Here is the tiered seating. The track level (i.e. top of banking) will be where marked X so that free access to the centre of the arena is at ground level.
View of the structure from the railway bridge on the Ascot Drive side.
The white objects on the roof are (I think) packs of insulating materials.
Note the distinctive but rather ugly roof of Derby County's Pride Park Stadium to the left of the Velodrome.

The jury (i.e. DCC Planning Committee) is still out on the subject of the proposed outdoor track which would encircle the existing nature reserve. As expected, there have been many objections to the proposal from various wildlife groups, but hopefully a compromise will be reached
The tarmac track would be 3m wide and is quite cleverly designed to permit a variety of circuits to be used for different purposes simultaneously
It would not be freely open to the public as is the BMX track at Alvaston, since entry would be via the Velodrome only.


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