FaulknerBrowns Architects plans for Ireland’s first indoor velodrome

National Velodrome and Badminton Centre

Plans for a new National Velodrome and Badminton Centre on the Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin have been granted planning approval. The proposals, designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects for Sport Ireland, will provide the first indoor velodrome track in Ireland.

The project is located within a wider masterplan for the development of the Sport Ireland Campus, also designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, which was recently launched by the Government of Ireland.

With both athlete and community facilities, the project will aim to encourage participation in sport and promote the benefits of cycling to the wider community.

The National Velodrome and Badminton Centre will also provide a permanent home for Cycling Ireland and Badminton Ireland. Designs for the new centre include a 250m cycle track, with 12 badminton courts within the infield and around 1,000 permanent seats for spectators.

Other spaces, including the entrance and café, changing rooms, offices, training facilities and bicycle hire/stores, will sit under the track at ground level.

The velodrome will act as a landmark within the wider Sport Ireland Campus, capable of hosting national and international cycling and badminton events. The building will be multi-functional, with 2,500 temporary seats to accommodate non-sporting events and activities.

The design proposals feature light coloured, concave metal cladding, surrounding the arena level in a continuous ribbon reminiscent of cycling components.

Improvements to the landscape surrounding the centre and within the campus have also been approved, including a new pedestrian and cycle route into the site, planting new trees and wildflower meadows and creating sustainable urban drainage features. Source and images Courtesy of FaulknerBrowns Architects.