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Morley builds Leaside training site fit for Olympics

Work on this £13.5 million athletics training venue at Pickett's Lock in north London by David Morley Architects has started on site.

According to the architect, the facility is the first sporting venue to be built in the Lee Valley since the early 1970s, and will be complete in September 2006.

The centre is also likely to be a key training facility and possibly an event venue for the 2012 Olympic Games.

It will primarily be used for the training and development of elite athletes on UK Athletics' 'World Class' programme, and will double up as the home of Enfield and Haringey Athletics Club.

A spokesperson for the architect said: 'We see it as a training ground for building a sports facility in the Lee Valley, and issues that we are dealing with on this site will be dealt with by architects when it comes to constructing the buildings for the games.'

The building will incorporate a 200m indoor athletics track and a first-floor sprint track with changing rooms and support facilities below.

The 9,700m 2centre is a partnership project between UK Athletics, the English Institute of Sport, Sport England and the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA), which owns the site.

It is being funded by the LVRPA with the aid of a Lottery grant obtained through Sport England.

by Rob Sharp

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