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Hopkins gets go-ahead for Herne Hill revamp

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Hopkins has won planning for a new pavilion at the historic Herne Hill Velodrome in South East London

The Olympic velodrome architect’s new pavilion, which includes office space and bike storage, will replace the site’s existing building which has been out of use for almost a decade.

Herne Hill opened in 1891 and was where multiple Olympic and world cycling champion Bradley Wiggins, who broke the hour record at the weekend, learnt to race.

The plans were submitted by the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust which was established in 2011 to ensure the site’s future.

In 2013 the track, which is the last remaining venue from the 1948 Olympic Games, was resurfaced and a new junior racing track created within the existing one.

Hopkins Architects’ Mike Taylor, said: ‘After over four years hard work by the local and cycling community, this approval is great news for the long-term future of Herne Hill. To complement the 2012 Velodrome in Stratford, south east London can now have decent facilities to support the already popular outdoor track at Herne Hill.

‘In combination these two venues will really help promote cycling in London. After our experience delivering the Olympic venue we are delighted to be able to help out at Herne Hill too.’

Hillary Peachey of the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust added: ‘For far too long, visitors and riders at Herne Hill have had only basic facilities that do not do justice to the site.  Herne Hill has been vital to the cycling history of Great Britain and now, with this final piece of the jigsaw secured, will play a role in the future.’

The new building is due to be completed in time for the velodrome’s 125th anniversary in 2016.

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