Velodrome Home of Cycling NZ, Cambridge, New Zealand

Project Description

LDP Ltd was engaged for the design, specification and supervision of the new national cycling training and competition facility. Lighting design required to meet Category 1 UCI homologation standard, including HDTV broadcast lighting.

Project Overview

Following a New Zealand wide competition with numerous bids from around the country, “The Home of Cycling Charitable Trust” won the right to provide a national centre of excellence for cycling. The principle aim was to provide a world class facility to train elite athletes.
LDP Limited were commissioned to facilitate the lighting and undertook a rigorous review of the client’s initial requirements, researched best practice for Velodrome Broadcast TV lighting, liaised with the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) representative to agree detailed design requirements for the cyclists and prepared a reverse brief of the proposed lighting design.


Project Brief

The agreed client brief was as follows;

  1. Provide lighting sufficient to achieve UCI Category 1 homologation
  2. Satisfy all UCI lighting requirements
  3. Provide lighting suitable for HDTV broadcast
  4. Provide a control system to allow for 4 illuminance levels (Safety / Training / Local Competition / UCI Category 1 competition & HDTV)

LDP Ltd were responsible for the concept design, research and specification of the detail design parameters, sourcing detailed tender designs from multiple tenderers, reviewing the designs in detail to ensure suitability, negotiating amendments and verification that the final commissioning data from the successful supplier met the brief.

The product tendering process took several months and commenced with six tenderers. As it was determined that various tenderers were unable to achieve a compliant product solution, there were ultimately two tenderers remaining at the end of the process, both with compliant solutions.

Chief Executive, The Home of Cycling Charitable Trust

We have had very positive reactions from athletes with comments that it is the best lighting system they have used. Similar comments have been received from Philips Lighting during commissioning and from TV camera operators during the recent official royal opening.


IESANZ International Award of Excellence – Avantidrome Cycling Velodrome, Cambridge, New Zealand
IESANZ Award of Excellence – Avantidrome Cycling Velodrome, Cambridge, New Zealand

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