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PHOTOS: First phase of London Olympics Canoe Centre completed

16 Mar 10 The Olympic Delivery Authority has released new photos showing construction progress on the White Water Canoe Centre for the London 2012 Games.

The Olympic Delivery Authority has released new photos showing construction progress on the White Water Canoe Centre for the London 2012 Games.

The venue in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, is being built by Morrison Construction and will host canoe slalom events during the Olympic Games.

The starting pool of the Olympic competition course has now been completed and the venue is on track to be completed later this year. Team GB canoeist Laura Blakeman visited the site to view progress.

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Morrison started construction work started on the Broxbourne venue in July 2009 and more than 100 people are now working on site. The canoe course embankments and the landscaped features of the venue are well progressed with the main structure of the venue facility building nearing completion. Concrete works will begin on the canoe courses in the spring.

The venue is being built on a 10ha site, covering an area the equivalent of 25 full-size football pitches, and will include:

  • An Olympic standard 300m competition course
  • A boat conveyor to transport participants to the course start in their rafts or canoes
  • A 160m intermediate/training course
  • The intermediate course will help create an inclusive and comprehensive sports programme in legacy from novice paddler through to elite competitors
  • Finish lake area of 10,000sq m (1 hectare / 2.5 acres)
  • A facility building and pumping house
  • Landscaping works

The construction of the White Water Canoe Centre is due to be completed for Games training and testing in 2010-11 with some public use in 2011. During the Games, temporary seating will be installed around the venue for spectators.

After the Games, the spectator seating will be removed, and the venue will be developed into the Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre, creating a major leisure attraction for canoeing and white water rafting as well as a venue for future international competition and sports development opportunities.
 

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