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Old May 27th, 2010, 07:07 PM   #1
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Tees Barrage International White Water Course | Stockton | Completed

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Tees Barrage white water course in £4.6 revamp

Work has started on a multi-million pound upgrade to a white water course at Stockton's Tees Barrage which will play host to Olympic athletes in 2012.

The £4.6m revamp will see four 35ft (12m) long Archimedes screws pump the water needed to create guaranteed conditions for white water competitors.

The screws are being made in Holland and will be moved to Teesside in July.

The site has already been confirmed as a pre-Games training camp ahead of the London Olympic and Paralympics Games.

Sustainable course

Funding has come from Regional Development Agency One North East, Stockton Borough Council, Sport England and British Waterways.

Steve Garcia, project manager with British Waterways, said: "Once completed the new upgraded Tees Barrage white water course will provide the UK's first fully sustainable course."

Stockton Council leader Ken Lupton added: "The Tees Barrage is a real jewel in Tees Valley's crown and this investment is further testament to our commitment of creating world class sporting facilities."

The course is currently tidal driven, which means it can only be used three hours either side of low tide.
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Construction is well underway and a tower crane is currently being assembled on site. Construction photographs to follow...
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Old May 27th, 2010, 10:26 PM   #2
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Construction is well underway and a tower crane is currently being assembled on site. Construction photographs to follow...
Another project to put Teesside on the map
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Old May 28th, 2010, 10:18 PM   #3
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I drove past earlier and noticed the crane fully complete, good news!!!
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Old May 29th, 2010, 12:26 AM   #4
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Concrete being poured and tower crane fully operational today. A selection of snaps taken whilst passing by:















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Old May 29th, 2010, 12:44 AM   #5
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Excellent pics
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Old May 29th, 2010, 12:58 AM   #6
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Thanks

There were quite a few people down there taking interest in the site and having a walk around the perimeter. One couple with a camera taking photographs of the site and another who'd previously spoke with a worker on site - apparently it's due for completion in August.

Great to see another high quality development in the area.
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Old June 15th, 2010, 10:27 PM   #7
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I go past on my bike regularly, theres activity on site at all times of the day. Its a suprisngly large project. I haven't been down for a closer look yet though, although i have got some pictures from up top.

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Old June 16th, 2010, 02:16 AM   #8
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I find imageshack to be a good hosting site. Make an account and see what you think. Do post your photographs up, I'd quite like to see them.

Yeah, this site is very busy during the day. A large retaining wall is currently under construction and ground works are coming along well.

It'd be good to see a selection of renders regarding this site, but I don't think any have made it public?
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There is a bit in tonights Gazette about it


http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/te...4229-26657061/
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Old June 16th, 2010, 03:56 PM   #10
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Hope you don't mind me posting it directly:

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Crane boosts Tees Barrage course upgrade

Jun 16 2010 by Sophie Barley, Evening Gazette

The 75m crane which has been brought in to help with the £4.6m works on the white water course at the Tees Barrage

WORK on the new £4.6m Tees white water course is making a giant leap forward with the help of a 75 metre high crane.

The Vanson crane will be on the Tees Barrage site for three months and will be used to move concrete around the course.

The crane, which is capable of lifting two tonnes of concrete, is needed to move heavy materials for the course’s foundations.



Steve Garcia, project manager at British Waterways, said: “The project is moving into exciting times with the arrival of the enormous tower crane which will help move bulky materials around site.

“The transformation of the Tees Barrage White Water Course will secure its status as a top international sporting venue for all people to enjoy.”

Work is powering ahead on the site with the new short course, for high-speed paddling, currently being dug out and its concrete foundation being laid. The construction team is also currently building the pumping station for the course.

The upgrade of the facility is funded by One North East, Sport England, Stockton Council, Tees Active and British Waterways.
From left: Les Southerton of SMI, Cllr Ken Lupton of Stockton Council, Steve Chaytor of Tees Active, Chris Hawksworth of Canoe England, Dave McGuire of Sport England and Steve Garcia of British Waterways



Councillor Ken Lupton, Stockton Council leader, said: “It is wonderful to see the physical works well under way.

“The upgrade of the water course is testament to our commitment, along with our partners, in creating world-class sporting facilities.”

Completion of the whole facility is expected by winter this year.

Les Southerton, project director for Stockton Middlesbrough Initiative (SMI), said: “This fantastic project will put the area on the map for both paddlers and tourists who want to experience one of the world’s best sustainable white water courses.

“We also expect the course to hold great appeal for Olympic teams who can use it as a pre-game training camp.”
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Also, found on the SMI Project twitter account:

Partners in the multi-million pound redevelopment of Tees Barrage white water course load the first crane


Hope to see SMI Project posting soon (I've responded to your private messsage)
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No probs ,i still havent worked out how to post stories directly from a website
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I'd normally 1. Copy and paste the text from the original article 2. Copy and paste the image url and wrap them in [IMG]. 3. Once done, I'll wrap the copied article in a quote using the [QUOTE] from the toolbar 4. To finish, place a link to the original article below.

I've made that sound more complicated than it is
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Excellent photos!!!
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WOW! Who took these? ??
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Heres some photos taken at the beining of June.




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oops sorry about the size!!! Next lot uploaded will try to make them smaller.
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WOW! Who took these? ??
I did. It certainly wasn't a 75 meter high crane.
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Bob, I can't quite see your photographs. Could you make them a little bit bigger? :P
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I've made them smaller now. :P

You took them? How'd you get up there?
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