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Saturday26 July 2014

FaulknerBrowns reveals its 2012 White Water Canoe Centre

Broxbourne's facilities building
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The Olympic Delivery Authority has unveiled designs for the Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre by FaulknerBrowns Architects. The scheme, which also includes landscaping by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, has now been submitted for planning.

The venue will be built on land owned by Hertfordshire’s Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, and will be managed by the authority in legacy mode for both leisure canoeing and kayaking, and elite competitions. The site is currently an overflow car park for the River Lee Country Park showground.

The building includes a café, changing rooms, offices, spectator facilities, storage and water pump/filtration facilities. The wet facilities will be on the ground floor, which will be a masonry structure, with other elements on the first floor, where there will also be a timber-decked terrace. During the Olympics there will be 12,000 temporary seats, which will be removed at the end of the games.

Michael Hall from FaulknerBrowns said: “The challenge has been to create a modern white water facility with its requirement for exciting but consistent high flows of water in a flat landscape. Our designs for the venue facilities building have been conceived as a simple timber form which appears to float in the landscape from distant views.”


The plan for Broxbourne's landscaping
Credit: ODA
The plan for Broxbourne's landscaping

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