Project Overview

Project Name: Tees Barrage International White Water Course
Location: Stockton
Sector: White Water Courses
Client: British Waterways
Project Leader: Peter Stienlet
Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, White Water Course Services, Renewable Energy, Project Management

Tees Barrage International White Water Course

Patrick Parsons provided civil and structural design for the £3.5m upgrade to the existing white water course at the Tees Barrage which is a designated Olympic training venue. Patrick Parsons provided engineering support at feasibility stage, including assessment of the type and extent of system required, as well as providing budget costing for this white water course. 

The design included the modification of the existing course and the introduction of a new short course, allowing this white water course to be used by kayakers whilst also providing Swift Water rescue training facilities for emergency services.  Four 13 metre long by 3.5 metre diameter Archimedes Screws were installed to generate the ideal water conditions for paddlesports and maximise course recirculation. The site generates 480kW of power when all four generators are running, with an energy consumption of 825kW, which not only allows the course to run with a nil energy cost, but also diverts energy back to the National Grid, making it the first energy self sufficient white water course in Europe.


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National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham

Astrakhan White Water Course, Russia

Lee Valley, 2012 Olympic White Water Course

Pinkston Paddlesport Centre, Glasgow