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Velodrome costs on ‘difficult ground’

Construction costs for the 2012 Olympic Velodrome are coming under pressure because of difficult ground conditions at the site.

Construction costs for the 2012 Olympic Velodrome are coming under pressure because of difficult ground conditions at the site.

The project, built in the main Olympic Park in Startford, east London, is thought to be worth £80 million and a design and build contract was awarded to ISG this summer.

An ODA spokesman said: “Difficult ground conditions and detailed foundation design have put pressures on the budget for the Velodrome. We are working closely with the contractor to manage these projected costs pressures and continue to maximise savings right across the project.”

The Olympic Park will be built on some of London’s most contaminated land, including a landfill and industrial heritage.

Work includes a 6,000-seat venue to host the indoor cycling events, as well as an outdoor cycle speedway circuit, a 1.6 km road racing circuit, a cycle-cross/cross-country course and mountain bike course.

The package also includes enabling works, infrastructure, landscaping, access and sewer systems.