Planning for Success

Planning for Success - The Lee Valley White Water Centre Story

In April 2011, Lee Valley White Water Centre became the first London 2012 venue to open to the public ahead of the Games. On 8 September 2012 it reopened to the public with the world’s greatest sporting extravaganza still underway. According to Olympic historians this is the fastest ever post Games opening of a venue to the public in the modern Olympic era.

During London 2012, Great Britain secured gold and silver in the Canoe Slalom Double (C2) competition before a jubilant home crowd. Etienne Stott and Tim Baillie won gold in a time of 106.41 followed by Richard Hounslow and David Florence who registered a time of 106.77 to claim silver. Around 60,000 people attended five days of competition, creating a pulsating atmosphere for one of British canoeing's greatest ever moments.

Following the huge success of the London 2012 Games, and as part of the Authority's commitment to delivering an enduring legacy for paddle sports, Lee Valley White Water underwent a £6.3 million redevelopment project, leading to new facilities to enhance the visitor experience at this world class venue.

Since opening, Lee Valley White Water Centre has been evidence of legacy in action.

This comprehensive document gives an insight into how the centre came to be, looking back to Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s ambitions to create a new white water attraction even before the London 2012 Olympic bid was conceived and charting its development through design, planning and construction – always with legacy in mind.

Planning for Success also looks to the future and outlines how the centre, and the Authority's two other London 2012 venues, Lee Valley VeloPark and Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre will deliver a lasting legacy after the Games.

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