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18 Aug 10 Testing work is underway at the London 2012 Olympics white water canoe venue, near Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire.

Testing work is underway at the London 2012 Olympics white water canoe venue, near Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire.

The Lee Valley White Water Centre will host the canoe slalom events during the Olympic Games.

Main contractor Morrison started construction work on the venue in July 2009 and over 150 people are now working on site.

Works on the new lake and competition courses have now been completed allowing water to begin flowing at the venue and testing work to begin on the canoe courses.

Internal fit-out is also now underway on the two-storey facility building and landscaping works have started, keeping the venue on track to be finished later this year.

The Lee Valley White Water Centre is being built on a 10-hectare site 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
  • A finish lake area of 10,000 sq m
  • A facility building and pumping house containing a reception, cafĂ©, changing rooms, admin offices, spectator viewing facilities, storage, and water pump/filtration plant.
  • Path and bridge networks throughout the venue to facilitate spectator viewing and access

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