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London 2012: Morrison wins canoe and rowing job

Contractor Morrison Construction today won the job to build enhanced rowing and canoe sprint facilities at Eton for the London 2012 Games.

Facilities at the Eton College Rowing Centre at Dorney Lake near Windsor, Berkshire currently consist of a 2,000m, 8-lane rowing lake, return lane and associated competition facilities.

Morrison’s contract to deliver the enhancement works at Dorney Lake includes:

  • The installation of a new 50m span bridge over a widened entrance to the return lane for two-way vehicular traffic and segregated pedestrian traffic
  • Construction of a cut-through between the competition lake and the return lane, 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 and for use during the Games

“Eton College Rowing Centre is a first-class venue and the enhancements we are delivering will create the best possible facilities for the world’s best athletes to use in 2012,” said Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chief executive David Higgins.

“Securing a world-class contractor is an important step towards delivering these essential works.”

Ken Gillespie, group managing director (construction) of Galliford Try, parent company to Morrison Construction,said: “We’re delighted for this opportunity to extend our relationship with the ODA and on such a prestigious project. We look forward to starting the work.”

Morrison has previously worked on the remediation of the Olympic Park in Stratford. The Eton Dorney enhancement works are expected to start on site in late summer.

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