Torbay Velopark, Culture

In collaboration with Kay Elliott architects we have been working on the landscape design for the new velopark that integrates it into the Clennon Valley wildlife corridor with ecological enhancement and water sensitive design to create a hardworking and beautiful landscape.

The Velopark project was jointly funded by Torbay Council and British Cycling and had overwhelming public support as the only outdoor closed road circuit in Devon and Cornwall. The facility accommodates amateur and professional cycling and a range of other sporting activities including athletics, jogging, nordic walking, in line skating. The Park offers a dog free activity area that includes changing and toilet facilities, bike and helmet hire, bike storage, an office and a rest area.

The landscape integration of this significant facility is important given the sensitive landscape setting and our design proposals include strengthening the Clennon Valley wildlife corridor and using water sensitive design principles for habitat enhancement and flood mitigation measures.

Client: Torbay Development Agency
Architects: Kay Elliot
Landscape Budget: £0.8 million
Status: Completed in 2014

“This regional centre for cycling is a great addition to Torbay’s sporting infrastructure, and really puts us on the map for cycling development as well as creating an exciting new facility for visitors and residents of Torbay.”

— Torbay Council’s Executive Lead for Sport
Councillor Robert Excell