A consortium featuring Hopkins Architects, Expedition Engineering, BDSP and Grant Associates has been selected to design the arena, one of the four main venues to be used in the Games, with a concept that has been dubbed the “giant pringle”.

A spokesperson for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) said that the procurement of the construction company to build the VeloPark is “progressing well” and that discussions about the materials to be used would now begin in earnest.

The talks are likely to include the use of timber, with Dr Peter Bonfield, the ODA’s leader of construction products, telling delegates at the Wood for Gold summer reception that, on top of a timber track, there maybe scope for the use of wood in the curving roof.

Wood for Gold confirmed it intends to approach the architects about the possible use of timber beyond the track.