Project Overview

Project Name: National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham
Location: Nottingham
Sector: White Water Courses
Client: Sport England
Project Leader: Peter Stienlet
Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, White Water Course Services

National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham

Patrick Parsons was involved in the £1m upgrade of the white water course at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepoint, Nottingham.  The reconfiguration of the 700m course gave the course greater flow and depth, making the waves bigger and more stable and providing much greater flexibility with the addition of state of the art moveable obstacles.  With a head of 4m, the course produces grade three white water rapids with a regular flow of 24 cubic meteres per second. The course is a remarkable feat of engineering as it is gravity fed, making it truly environmentally friendly with no need for electric pumps. Adjacent to the course there is also a flat water gate training area.

The upgraded course was used for the 2009 European Canoe Slalom Championships and also provided new training facilities for the 2012 Olympic GB kayaking team.

Patrick Parsons provided both structural and civil design and engineering services alongside EPD. 

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