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Tees Barrage International White Water Course

Structural, Civil
  • LocationStockton-on-Tees
  • Value£3.5m
  • ClientBritish Waterways

Patrick Parsons provided the civil and structural services during the £3m upgrade to the Tees international whitewater course, which was designed as the first energy self-sufficient whitewater course in Europe.

The course, which was used as a designated training facility for the London 2012 Olympics, features four 13-metre-long by 3.5 metre diameter Archimedes Screws, which generate the ideal water conditions for paddlesports and maximise course recirculation. When all four generators are running, all excess energy is diverted back to the National Grid.

Patrick Parsons provided engineering support at feasibility stage, including assessment of the type and extent of system required, as well as providing budget costing. Working in conjunction with Engineering Paddler Designs (EPD) on physical hydraulic modelling, site supervision was also provided during the construction and commissioning phase of this whitewater course.