Final options being prepared for velodrome development

The Whanganui District Council is now understood to be preparing  final options for roofing the velodrome.

Regional Velodrome Development Trust (RVDT) chair Leigh Grant says, in response to many requests from supporters for a progress update, that:

  • Councillors are expected to receive a report from officers in December, setting out development options
  • If an option is chosen it is then expected to go to public consultation, as part of the council’s 10-year plan, with
  • A final option choice likely to be made in June. 2021.

The Trust and its design team experts have been making submissions to councillors and officers.

“We’re pleased to bring seven years of work on the best design and use options to the table,” Mr Grant says.

“We look forward to seeing what option councillors chose to consult the public on.”

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Cut away stadium image by
Copeland Partners Architects

The Challenge

Whanganui has a world class velodrome. Built in 1995 to full international standards, it features a stunning, tropical hardwood surface, regarded as the fastest in the country. This surface is now becoming weathered and needs to be protected if it is to survive. In addition, being exposed to the elements, it is difficult to host major events at the track due to the potential of weather disruption.

The Solution

Roof the Velodrome. A revolutionary design has been proposed by Copeland Associates, which will provide a cost-effective solution to this long standing problem. A breathtaking dome structure, using membrane technology similar to London’s O2 Dome, would provide New Zealand’s largest single span roofed space and deliver protection for our wonderful velodrome at a fraction of the cost of a traditional roof.

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“Protect the Asset”

 Velo5000 Club Sponsor – Tony Hodge.

“I believe in it, I think it’s fantastic, I think it’ll be wonderful for Whanganui, it’s going to be great for the region. The really positive thing is so many people have come together from around the region to support it, including the Mayor of Palmerston North and Cycling NZ”.

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Cycling New Zealand is totally committed to the benefits that roofing the Regional Velodrome in Whanganui will bring to New Zealand Cycling at every level and support the Regional Velodrome Roofing Group unconditionally.

The fully developed velodrome will be a centre piece in Cycling New Zealand’s Cycling Performance Hubs.

Andrew Matheson

Chief Executive, Cycling NZ

Wanganui is one of the track designs I am really proud of.

I went away from the old-fashioned long straights and tight curves and produced a design with long sweeping curves.  It was a break with the past.

Ron Webb

International Velodrome Designer, Designer of the London 2012 Velodrome

Designed and Built

Supporting Pine Trusses

Length of Track (m)

Amazing Sports Facility