Work is progressing well on the £13.3M olympic standard Canoe Slalom Centre and White Water Rafting Centre at Cardiff International Sports Village, with the new website - www.cardiffcanoeslalom.com - offering regular updates on its construction.
The design is by the French company, HydroStadium, who have designed the courses for the Sydney, Athens and now the Beijing Olympics, with the construction carried out by Dean & Dyball Civil Engineering (Wales).
A webcam on the new website will allow people to see the development take shape stage by stage.
At present excavation for the canoe slalom course itself is taking place. A 35 tonne excavator, with the help of a smaller 20 tonne excavator has been loading wagons with material at close to 1000 cubic metres per day. The majority of this material will be recycled to be used elsewhere on the International Sports Village site.
Once completed the new centre will provide Wales with the UK’s first olympic-standard pumped water canoe slalom course, offering canoeing and white water rafting facilities ranging from starter to recreational through to full international and olympic competition use.
The facility will be constructed in concrete, with five turbines and moveable plastic blocks to create a range of different standards and competencies of courses.
As the first pumped water olympic-standard facility in the country the centre is expected to attract up to 50,000 users per year once fully established.
Councillor Nigel Howells, Executive member for Sport, Leisure & Culture, said: "Over the coming months while the construction works progress the website will keep everyone updated with what is going on. The webcam and detailed photographs will provide a fascinating insight into the development of what will be yet another landmark project for Cardiff Bay."
Dean & Dyball Civil Engineering’s Regional Director, Neil Beresford, said: “The website has been set up with the aim of giving interested parties the opportunity to track progress of construction activities. A webcam will broadcast near real time footage from the site and a take a series of still photographs. We will be adding regular news items and people will be able to comment on the project or the website itself.”
He added: “We know, no matter how hard we try, that construction work can cause disturbance to neighbours. We will be working hard to minimise any inconvenience and will be using the website to announce when any potentially disruptive activities will be taking place, what affect these might have on the local community and the measures being taken to mitigate those effects."