A Secure Future for Herne Hill
The London Velodrome Trust has been established in partnership with Southwark Council and British Cycling to secure a future for London’s only Velodrome – recently threatened with closure. A financially secure basis for a new long lease with the site’s owners The Dulwich Estate is being negotiated.
Long popular with schoolchildren and amateur cyclists alike, the cycle track is in real need of a 21st century facelift. The Trust plans to raise £7m to redevelop the site, improve and extend its facilities, and make its future as a multi-sport facility financially secure.
Herne Hill is a unique part of Britain’s sporting heritage, famous around the world. Its history stretches back to the late 19th century and the track saw action in 1948 London Olympics. It is cycling’s equivalent of Wembley or Wimbledon.
Lasts year its premier event, the Good Friday track meeting, celebrated its centenary with world champion and Olympic cyclists drawing record capacity crowds. Our 2004 Olympic medal winning cyclist Bradley Wiggins grew up riding on Herne Hill. We want other young athletes to have the same opportunities.
Our regeneration plan has been given outline planning consent. The aim is to improve the existing Velodrome in a way that will not only safeguard its future as a center of cycling excellence, but will also broaden its appeal and value to local residents, schools and Londoners generally.
The plans include an all-weather perimeter cover for the track itself, gym facilities, ecological landscaping and a superb indoor climbing center -a facility currently not available in S-E London. The Trust’s vision for renewal will benefit the whole community.