South Yorkshire companies show they’re on the right track

The Herne Hill cyclists try out the new track in the Velodrome.
The Herne Hill cyclists try out the new track in the Velodrome.
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BRITAIN’S cycling stars could taste 2012 Olympic glory on a wooden track supplied from Sheffield.

The London 2012 velodrome, the first Olympic venue to be finished so far, has opened complete with timber for its wooden track supplied by city company Arnold Laver.

The firm sourced 56km of sustainable Siberian pine, which was fixed into place with more than 300,000 nails by 26 specialist carpenters over eight weeks.

Barnsley company Bespoke Precast produced the seating terraces which will seat 6,000 spectators.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Yorkshire tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire and chair of Yorkshire Gold, said: “I am delighted two South Yorkshire companies have been involved in the completion of the velodrome in the Olympic Park.

“The work by Arnold Laver in Sheffield and Bespoke Precast in Barnsley showcases the high quality of product and workmanship our county has to offer.

Olympic Delivery Authority chairman John Armitt said the velodrome had been completed on time and on budget, and said: “The stunning architecture of the velodrome and the medal prospects of our world-leading cyclists mean the venue is sure to become one of the defining images from the 2012 Games.

“It is a landmark new building for future generations to enjoy.”