The western Red Cedar- clad Velodrome has scored an Olympic hit at the London 2012 Olympics according to a news release on TIMBER-EXPO (25-26th Sept at the Ricoh Arena) . The iconic timber stadium structure built for high-speed indoor cycle races, features FSC and PEFC certified timber and panels throughout. The Velodrome is apparantly one of 19 structures incorporating wood certified under Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) standards, including the track, the Aquatics Centre and all bridges, fences and benches at the Olympic site.
Phenomenal statistics are reported in the release such as
Fifty-six kilometres (about 30 miles) of timber for the Velodrome track surface, fixed in place using more than 300,000 nails.The 5,000 square meters (about 45,000 square feet) of western red cedar used to clad its exterior. Both this and the Siberian pine for the Velodrome’s track were from certified legal and sustainable sources. The velodrome was designed by Hopkins Architects and was a collaboration with Expedition Engineering, BDSP and Grant Associates.
The Olympic project involved over 12,500 cubic metres of timber – from European construction timber to tropical hardwoods - and is a world first that involved adapting existing standards to suit a demanding and complex site. Soil Association Woodmark awarded full Project Certification to the Olympic Delivery Authority in London earlier this year.
SOURCE:TIMBER-EXPO and PEFC