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2012 Rowing and Canoe/Kayak contracts announced

The contract to construct enhanced Rowing and Canoe/Kayak facilities for the London 2012 Games has been put out to tender by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

The Eton College Rowing Centre at Dorney Lake near Windsor, Berkshire, will host the Olympic rowing and canoe/kayak flatwater events, and the Paralympic rowing events in 2012.

Set in a 450-acre parkland within the grounds of Eton College, the venue currently consists of a 2,200-metre, eight-lane rowing lake, return lanes, and associated competition facilities.

The venue's existing facilities will need to be enhanced to provide improved facilities for athlete warm-up and Canoe/Kayak flatwater events during the 2012 Games. The ODA has now put the contract out to tender for companies to deliver the enhancement works which include:


- The installation of a new 50-metre span bridge over a widened entrance to the rowing return lane for two-way vehicular traffic and segregated pedestrian traffic
- Construction of a cut-through between the competition rowing lane and the return lanes, with a new bridge over the cut-through
- The upgrade of the existing gravel/stone access road up to the competition venue to facilitate construction works

ODA Chief Executive David Higgins said: "2012 will be about more than just London, it will be a nationwide Games, delivering enhanced facilities to a number of existing venues around the country. This contract is chance for construction companies to enhance Eton College Rowing Centre and deliver first-class facilities for the world’s best athletes in 2012."

Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee Sebastian Coe said: "Eton Dorney is a world class venue, already established internationally, and will provide a stunning backdrop for Olympic and Paralympic events in 2012. This is the UK’s Games and it is good to see the search start for a company to enhance such an impressive venue outside London."

The contract announcement has been posted at www.competefor.com.

The contract for the Eton Dorney enhancement works is expected to be awarded towards the end of 2008, with works due to start on site in early 2009.

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