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Lee Valley Velodrome


Location Client Completion
London, UK Lee Valley Regional Park Authority 2022

Project details

Originally designed by Hopkins Architects for the 2012 Olympic Games and repurposed as part of the legacy program, Lee Valley VeloPark was transformed by BDP’s lighting team for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Although primarily a world-class velodrome, the building is also used for exhibitions, conferences and private functions. Lighting needed to be flexible to tailor the space for these different functions and an additional feature lighting infrastructure was desired to attract varied revenue streams.

To update the original installation, the team advocated for the use of new LED luminaries, improving system efficiency: the total installed power load of the new installation is half that of the old installation.

In addition, the use of DMX and DALI control equipment means that luminaires can now be individually switched and dimmed to achieve more precise control of light levels on the track. This means better lighting conditions for riders, spectators and TV cameras, and more efficient use of power.

In addition to the large sports lighting projectors fixed to the roof, BDP advised on the replacement of downlights in the concourse area, WCs and stairs to spectator seating. The new LED luminaires used the same cut-out holes and control system as the old downlights to avoid the need for costly and time-consuming work on the ceilings. The change in downlights halved the energy load for these luminaires, whilst increasing the delivered lumens, improving the spectral quality of light, and eliminating the need for regular lamp changes.

Calculations on energy saving – accounting for energy, replacement lamps, lamp change labour and controlled hours of operation – showed a significant saving, year on year, which could reach up to £100k after 10 years.

Integrated services

building services, lighting