Construction has begun on the world-class White Water Canoe Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The venue, in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, will host canoe slalom events during the Games and is set to be completed in advance of 2012.
The beginning of construction at Broxbourne means the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has successfully met all 10 of the milestones it pledged to reach before July 27 2009.
The Canoe Centre is being built on a 10 hectare site and will boast an Olympic standard 300m competition course, through which up to 15 cubic metres (3,300 gallons) of water will be recirculated per second.
The contract for the venue was awarded to Morrison Construction in March.
An important stage
Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee, called the start of construction an “important stage” in the delivery of the canoeing facilities.
“I look forward to seeing the construction of Broxbourne take shape as we develop a challenging Olympic course and a community facility,” he said.
Team GB Canoeist Laura Blakeman said the White Water Canoe Centre would “leave a lasting sporting legacy for a new generation of canoeists”.
“I look forward to seeing the construction of Broxbourne take shape.”
Sebastian Coe, London 2012 Organising Committee
After the Games, the venue will become a sporting and leisure facility, hosting major competition and training events. The Centre will be owned, funded and managed by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.
Land formation works to form the canoe course embankments and venue landscaping are underway and will be completed by Autumn. Work will then begin on the starting pool and the venue facility building.
Construction is due to be completed for training and testing in 2010-11, with some public use possible in 2011.
The 10 milestones pledged by the ODA also included getting work underway on the Olympic Village plots, and laying the foundations for the Olympic Stadium, Velodrome and Aquatics Centre.