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FaulknerBrowns' Olympic canoe and kayak centre wins planning

FaulknerBrowns Architects’ White Water Canoe Centre in Hertfordshire, which will be used for the London 2012 Olympic Games, has been granted planning permission.

The venue will host the canoe and kayak slalom events during the Games and afterwards will be developed to become a sporting and leisure facility, as well as a regular competition venue.

Broxbourne Borough Council gave the scheme the thumbs up last night (30 September). It will provide a new international standard canoe/kayak slalom course, parklands, and a facility building.

David Higgins, ODA chief executive, said: ‘Securing planning approval is a significant milestone and keeps us firmly on-track to deliver the new world-class facilities at Broxbourne in good time for the Games.

‘Our plans for Broxbourne are a key part of spreading the benefits of the Games around the country and will help us create a major leisure attraction for Broxbourne and the East of England region for many years to come.’

The contract for construction companies to build the new venue and facilities is currently out to tender and is expected to be awarded in early 2009, with works starting in Spring 2009.

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates will act as landscape architect for the wider parklands.

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