Derby Velodrome

Installing Twin Package Substations at the Derby Velodrome

AF Switchgear supplied several twin package substations for the Derby Arena and Velodrome, one of the largest projects undertaken in the East Midlands.

The 5,000-seat arena features a 12-court sports hall, a gym, group exercise space and a cafe. As well as cycling, the venue hosts sports including basketball and doubles up as a concert venue. The indoor Velodrome is one of only five in the UK. The others include the:

  • National Cycle Centre in Manchester
  • Wales National Velodrome in Newport, South Wales
  • London Olympic Velodrome in Stratford City
  • Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow

The project at the Derby Arena and Velodrome required fast-track manufacturing to enable a quick ‘power-on’ date. The substation needed to facilitate the heating and ventilation aspect during construction, purely to maintain a controlled ambient temperature to allow the wooden track to be laid and then settled.

In addition to manufacturing the numerous substations for Derby Arena and Velodrome, AF Switchgear also supplied substations and final circuit distribution boards for the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow, the host venue for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The indoor arena section features a hydraulically operated 200m running track, jumping and throwing areas, and sports halls. The Velodrome houses a 250m high-banked cycle track with a multi-use infill area. The scheme also includes a community sports centre, four floodlit outdoor sports pitches and a 1km outdoor cycle track.

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