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Project Background

Velodrome Safety Fencing – Brighton Velodrome

Client Name

Brighton & Hove Council and British Cycling




Sport Fencing

Preston Park in Brighton opened its doors back in 1877 after the arena was built by the British Army. Nowadays, it’s the oldest working track Velodrome in the UK and around the world, standing at 580m, offering cyclists a unique racing experience.

This being said, back in 2015, Preston Park was forced to cease their cycling competitions due to safety concerns brought to light by British Cycling. Poor perimeter fencing and lack of maintenance to the track meant the velodrome would only be able to accommodate public cyclists for leisure. Due to their range of British Cycling Specified Velodrome Fencing, CLD Fencing Systems were approached to design and manufacture velodrome safety fencing, to welcome back competitive racing to the 142 year old track.

CLD Fencing Systems’ Sports Rail was selected as a bespoke velodrome safety fencing solution because of its British Cycling specification. With the renovations being predominantly funded by British Cycling, Preston Park’s competitive future was dependent on their needs being met.

At the end of the project, a total of 605 linear metres of CLD’s Velodrome Safety Fencing was successfully installed by Arbus Limited, alongside 6 access gates to complement the fence line for easy passageway. 

  • Fencing and Gate Systems

    To improve Preston Park’s perimeter fencing, the client selected the following velodrome safety fencing:

    • Sports Rail; a versatile yet attractive spectator rail providing an appropriate barrier between crowds and the track. This system comes in a bespoke velodrome fencing solution which has also been specified by British Cycling holding the appropriate standards.
    • Lockmaster Swing Gate fits seamlessly with every fencing system we offer, with spectator rail infills available, to allow for safe passage of spectators or cyclists.
  • The Brief

    British Cycling and Brighton & Hove Council had a number of safety standards for the new velodrome safety fencing in order to open the track to competitive racing once again:

      • Improve the safety of the track with appropriate perimeter fencing around the velodrome.
      • Adhere to British Cycling Safety and International Competition standards.
      • Incorporate sophisticated gate solutions for easy access in and out of the track.


“Preston Park Velodrome has reopened to competitive cycling thanks to CLD Fencing Systems dedicated Velodrome Safety Fencing, manufactured and designed to British Cycling Standards.”

British Cycling

Benefits of using Sports Rail Fencing Systems:

  • Spectator rail system
  • Tubular hand rail system
  • British Cycling and Sports England Approved
  • Available with or without additional mid-rails or mesh panel infill
  • RAL colours available
  • Running track perimeters
  • Spectators enclosures
  • Velodromes


Benefits of using Lockmaster Swing Gate:

  • Double and Single Leaf Opening
  • Swing Gate function
  • Inwards and outwards opening
  • Matching infill options
  • Lockable drop bolts
  • Automation by others available
  • Full range of anti-climb toppings to match the fence line are available
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