*Project led by David Watson while employed at a previous firm.
Sports Concepts Architects and 3D Reid Architects
Glasgow City Council
45,000 m² (500,000 ft²)
Structural Engineering Consultant
In preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Glasgow National Velodrome and Indoor Arena was completed in 2012 and named in honour of the six-time gold-medal-winning track cyclist, Sir Chris Hoy. The facility consists of four main components including a velodrome, an indoor athletic arena with a running track, a central common concourse and office block for the local sports federation, and three community sports halls.
The four-storey central office block is framed with cast-in-place concrete flat slabs. The roof is supported with steel columns down to a concourse level, which is also framed with cast-in-place concrete.
Challenge: Design two long spans with a common language of structure for the athletics arena and velodrome.
Solution: The athletics arena and velodrome are similar in size and separated by a central concourse and office block. We studied several potential solutions to arrive at the 100-m spans required for both spaces. The selected solution included two main trusses in each building shaped in the arrangement of tension arches which support secondary trusses and light roofing. The trusses are triangular in section with curved bottom chords, trussed top chords and anchor the aesthetic of the spaces and were very economical to build.