On Saturday 2 September, The Velodrome at the National Cycling Centre reopened after £27 million of works to improve its facilities and green credentials – becoming the UK’s first all-electric Velodrome.
The grand opening saw city officials, council members, officers, key stakeholders and many other community users and local residents visit the National Cycling Centre to celebrate the return of this iconic Manchester landmark.
The National Cycling Centre has been an unmistakable part of the city’s sporting skyline since manchester hosted the successful 2002 commonwealth games and, it is great to welcome back the jewel in the city’s crown of world-class sporting facilities.
Reducing carbon emissions has been at the heart of this refurbishment. Renewable energy technologies such as solar panels have been installed throughout the facility, and energy efficient technologies in 3 new air source heat pumps will reduce the National Cycling Centre’s carbon footprint. These technologies will ensure Manchester remains on track to meet the 2038 net zero target.
As one of the Council's most energy dependent buildings the new technologies are expected to reduce carbon emissions by a minimum of 517 tonnes per year.
As a globally recognised city of sport, Manchester is uniquely placed to host major events year in, year out. The Velodrome will be no different.
It is fantastic that our partners British Cycling also get to call the National Cycling Centre home. The passion, dedication and prowess they demonstrate here will no doubt further ignite the enthusiasm of local people and local communities to pick up a bike and have a go.
The event saw speeches from Executive Member for Skills, Employment and Leisure Cllr John Hacking, Sport England's Executive Director of Place, Lisa Dodd Mayne and British Cycling's CEO Jon Dutton.
Cllr John Hacking said;
"Investment in elite facilities like this plays a pivotal role in encouraging people to embrace an active lifestyle and move more, and the reopening of this facility ensures it remains a beacon of inspiration, showcasing what cycling can achieve, both competitively and recreationally.
Just like the other world-class national centres in Manchester, the National Cycling Centre will serve as a place that stretches far beyond the podiums and starter pistols. This facility will encourage and nurture a sense of community built through movement".
In these hallowed walls, we get to witness the perfect synergy between grassroots and world-class and the power of sport, physical activity and movement to shape a healthier, happier, and more vibrant community.
Interested in cycling? Find out what's available at the National Cycling Centre here