The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee is seeking a design consultant for its main cycling venue
The winning team will expand and upgrade the existing Izu Velodrome (pictured) and its nearby mountain bike course to deliver a low-cost arena for Japan’s upcoming Summer Olympics.
The move comes a year after the International Olympic Committee approved the venue – around 120km south-west of the host city – as part of a £1.4 billion package of money-saving measures.
The decision, which is £80 million cheaper than building a temporary venue in Tokyo, has been criticised by the International Cycling Union amid fears the two-hour journey to Izu will detract from fans’ and athletes’ experience of the games.
The 4,300-capacity Izu Velodrome was designed by Gensler, and opened five years ago as Japan’s first 250m indoor cycle track for training and competitions. The project will upgrade the indoor hall and its nearby outdoor mountain bike track.
A 5,000-capacity temporary BMX area will meanwhile be constructed in Ariake in central Tokyo. The Olympic road races and time trials will also be held in the capital city against the backdrop of the Imperial Palace Garden.
Zaha Hadid Architects’ competition-winning design for Tokyo’s 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium was scrapped in 2015 following a row over the escalating costs. Kengo Kuma beat Toyo Ito in a contest to replace the abandoned scheme one year ago.
The deadline for applications to deliver the cycling venue is 31 December.
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