Eton Manor, where Olympic and Paralympic swimmers will train for events, and Paralympic athletes will compete in Wheelchair Tennis has been granted planning permission. In legacy the venue will be transformed into a hockey and tennis centre.
During the Olympic Games, Eton Manor will house three 50m swimming pools, one synchronised swimming pool and one water polo pool that will be used during the Games for training. During the Paralympic Games, Eton Manor will host Wheelchair Tennis.
In legacy, the sports and leisure facilities at Eton Manor will be owned, operated and funded by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA)
The venue has been designed with legacy at the forefront of the ODA’s plans, which means the facilities can be easily transformed after the Games. The permanent elements at Eton Manor will include a hockey centre with two competition pitches, a tennis centre with four indoor and six outdoor courts and five-a-side football pitches. The mountain bike trails forming part of the VeloPark, will also extend onto Eton Manor. This will create a wide of mix of sporting facilities for the local and regional community as well as elite athletes.
“Eton Manor is steeped in sporting history,” said ODA Chairman John Armitt. “In the early 1900s it was a community sport sporting facility and later it became Eton Manor Boys’ Club and the Old Boys’ Club, and it quickly gained a reputation as an elite sporting association.
“We will be strengthening this sporting legacy and bringing it into the 21st Century by providing a unique mix of sports facilities for athletes and the local community.”
Sustainability is at the heart of London 2012 and the construction of the Olympic Park, and at Eton Manor the central facilities building will have a ‘brown’ roof. The design will also explore ways of conserving energy and reducing water consumption. The tennis court roof will have 35 bird boxes on for Starlings, Swifts, Redstarts and Sparrows.
Start of construction on Eton Manor will be in spring next year, and will be completed by the summer of 2011 for Test Events