The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has announced that it has completed work at Eton Dorney to deliver enhanced facilities for the rowing and canoe sprint events during the London 2012 Games. These improvements include better facilities for athletes to warm up and for the canoe sprint events to be held.
The enhancement works include a new 50m bridge at the finish line area, the upgrade of an existing gravel/stone access road within the venue site for use during the Games, and a cut-through and new bridge between the competition lake and return lane of the 2,000 metre rowing course. This is the second London 2012 venue to be completed after the Weymouth and Portland sailing centre.
The Heart of Rowing Country
Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee said: "Eton Dorney is a well established venue set in the heart of rowing country. These enhancements show our commitment to providing the best possible facilities for athletes at Games time. It is a world class venue that hosts elite level competition as well as community events, and is a venue of which we can all be proud."
Construction work on the enhanced facilities at the Eton College Rowing Centre began in September last year, starting with the demolition and removal of the venue’s original finish line bridge and ground works to widen the entrance to the return lane. The new 50-metre span finish line bridge, weighing 250 tons, was then lifted into place earlier this year, followed by the construction of a new cut-through and bridge between the competition lake and the return lane, and the upgrade of an existing gravel/stone access road up to the competition venue. The venue was completed on time and on budget.
London was elected as the host city for the Games of the XXX Olympiad on 6 July 2005 at the 117th IOC Session in Singapore. London eventually succeeded in the fourth round of voting taking 54 votes from a possible 104. London faced stiff opposition during the vote from the other four candidate cities: Paris, New York, Moscow and Madrid. There will be 26 sports on the Olympic Programme in London in 2012 and around 10,500 athletes.