New Zealand's first covered cycling velodrome, the $9.8 million ILT velodrome was officially opened in Invercargill in 2006.
As principal consultants to the project, our team designed the 8500m2 arena to house the international standard 250m timber track, imported from Germany in kitset form. Intensive monitoring of the building specifications meant that the track could be laid exactly as specified in a very short space of time.
German track expert and Olympic Games cycle track designer, Ralph Schuermann commented that the building was one of the most accurately constructed buildings he had designed a track for, which reduced the installation time from the normal 8-12 weeks, to little over 4 weeks.
The building, which is an extension of Stadium Southland, now houses the national offices of Cycling New Zealand and Cycling Southland, as well as numerous other sporting codes.
In the centre of the cycling track, the velodrome also accommodates four covered netball courts that can also be used for tennis, basketball, volleyball, hockey and soccer.
It was originally envisaged as a basic ‘shed’ but our team designed additional floor space, created architectural form, installed additional features, such as wrap around bleacher seating, insulation to walls and roof and designed a durable concrete base structure for the same budget allowance.
When the owners saw the quality of the finishes being incorporated into the building, they had no hesitation in investing additional money to bring the building up to a higher fit-out standard, such as the use of carpet, wall linings and internal paint finishes, to make the building a feature public building in Invercargill.