Morrison wins 2012 canoe slalom venue
By Richard High10 March 2009
Morrison Construction has won the contract to construct the White Water Canoe Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games with work expected to start in June this year.
Situated in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire the White Water Canoe Centre will host the canoe slalom events during the Games. Due for completion ahead of 2012 Games the work includes construction of an Olympic standard 300 m-long course, warm-up course and finish lake; placement and compaction of fill to form the course embankments and landscaped features of the venue; construction of a new facility building, containing reception, café, changing rooms, admin offices, spectator viewing facilities, storage, and water pump/filtration plant; landscaping works with path and bridge networks throughout the venue to facilitate spectator viewing and access.
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 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.
The construction of the Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre includes funding from Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and Sport England.