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

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 along with the National Cycle Centre in Manchester, the Wales National Velodrome in Newport, South Wales, the London Olympic Velodrome in Stratford City and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

The project called for fast track manufacturing to enable a quick ‘power-on’ date 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 the numerous substations at Derby, AF Switchgear also supplied over 60no. sub and final circuit distribution boards for the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow that acted as a host venue for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The indoor arena section features a hydraulically operated 200m running track, jumping and throwing areas, warm up straight 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.