Contractor ISG has started work on a project at Manchester’s National Cycling Centre to improve access and replace the track at the building’s velodrome.
Appointed through the North West Construction Hub medium value framework, which covers projects between £2m and £9m, the contractor has started a programme to replace the velodrome’s wooden track, which the National Cycling Centre said had “reached the end of its natural life”.
The velodrome, including the track, track centre, and its concourse, have been closed to allow works and track replacement to be carried out, and public access to the velodrome will be restored on Monday 28 May.
ISG has already removed the old timber track and this has been handed over to social enterprise company Emerge to restore this for reuse and resale.
Parts of the track have already been made available for sale, and will remain available for purchase at Manchester’s New Smithfield Market until 4pm this Friday.
The velodrome was last resurfaced in 2007 at a cost of £400,000. The FaulknerBrowns-designed building was opened in September 1994, supported by Sport England, Manchester City Council, and British Cycling, and has undergone two expansions, adding a BMX complex in 2011 and mountain bike trails in 2013.
The 110,000 sq ft BMX expansion was built by contractor Sir Robert McAlpine at a cost of £24m.