2012 London Olympics Lee Valley White Water Centre Venue

2012 London Olympics Lee Valley White Water Centre
Locale Hertfordshire, England UK
Managing agent Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Website Go Whitewater
Main shape Two Loops
Length Olympic: 300 metres (984 ft) & Training: 160 metres (525 ft)
Drop Olympic: 5.5 metres (18 ft) & Training: 1.6 metres (5 ft)
Slope Olympic: 1.8% (97 ft/mi) & Training: 1.0% (53 ft/mi)
Water source Groundwater

Olympic: 5 pumps & Training: 3 pumps

Flowrate Olympic: 15 m3/s (530 cu ft/s) & Training: 10.5 m3/s (370 cu ft/s)
Practice pool Yes
Lighting yes
Canoe lift yes
Opening date 9 December 2010

2012 London Olympics Lee Valley White Water Centre Sports

The Lee Valley White Water Centre is the venue where Canoe Slalom competition will be held during London Olympics 2012. The venue is located between two towns, Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire and Waltham Abbey in Essex. The venue is situated outside the northern frontier of Greater London and nine miles north of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.

Anne, Princess Royal had officially inaugurated the venue on 9 December 2010. The £31 million project was finished on time and it was the first newly-built Olympic venue to get completed. But it will be opened for public in spring 2011. It will be the only site that will be accessible for the public before the games.
It was known as Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre before.

Architects FaulknerBrowns has designed the most important facility building. The U.S. based architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates designed the wider parkland setting which surrounds the canoe course. Indigo Planning had played the role of planning consultants and administered the groundwork of the Environmental Statement.

Lee Valley White Water Centre: Throughout the Games

The game organizers are building two new canoe slalom courses for the upcoming games. One is a 300m competition course and another one is a 160m intermediate/training course. The management is also constructing another 10,000sq m lake. This lake will support a system of pumps which will supply the 300m course 15 cubic meters of water per second. These pumps and the obstacles positioned in the course will help in creating the white water

Lee Valley White Water Centre: After the Games

After the game is over, the two courses and the facilities building will not be removed whereas the temporary seats will be detached. The Lee Valley White Water Centre would be the site for canoeing and kayaking for local people and tourists. The center is planned to be appropriate both for beginners and best athletes. The management is planning to make it attractive location for white water rafting. The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority will own, fund and manage the center. The center is also planning to offer a widespread sports improvement programme, run in joint venture with the British Canoe Union.

Communication facility to Lee Valley White Water Centre

The venue is easily accessible from A10 road, and 25 and 26 junctions of the M25 motorway. One can visit the place by rail by going via Cheshunt and Waltham Cross railway stations on the West Anglia Main Line. The rail service to the place has more frequency from Stratford. The place is nearer to the main Olympic location with Liverpool Street with Theobalds Grove railway station, on the Lea Valley Lines in close proximity.