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I went on a site visit with British Waterways to the Tees Barrage White Water Course today. All the major construction work has now finished, with tarmac-ing of paths, site clearance (especially from within the course itself) and landscaping still to be done. Expected opening date is "late Spring/early Summer" and apparently there is a Fire Brigade fast water rescue training course planned in May, so they are hoping to have it finished by then. The positions of the blocks creating rapids is not yet finalised, and they said they will be running it a few times before settling on where they will stay for the moment.

Here are some photos I took, click on them for larger versions.

The view from by the first drop:
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The top of the conveyor belt, and your choice: turn right for the short course passed the belt (straight ahead in the photo), turn left for the long course (along where barriers are)
(My concern is coming off the conveyor and getting swept straight down the short course, but apparently that won't happen because the water is deeper than the rest of the course!)
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You've turned left and now head down towards the first bridge (the narrow channel in the right of the pic is a fish pass, with a gate {painted black})
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Looking back up from the first bridge, grey plastic blocks made by Palm! The fish pass is behind the pole on the right
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Down from the bridge, through Happy Eater and down towards Cruncher
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Cruncher
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Looking upstream towards Valentines from the second bridge
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Looking upstream from below Bottom Drop/Acid Drop towrds Valentines in the distance
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From the next to the bridge, towards the end, with Bottom Drop/Acid Drop bottom right, the big drop at the end of the short course in the centre
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The Archimedes Screws, conveyor belt and steps at the end of the course
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A photo of a photo: an (older) aerial view looking down with the start at the bottom showing the short course under construction on the right. The big block bottom right was for foundations for the crane, I believe.
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Plans for the whole course
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Finally, a close up of the plans showing the Archimedes screws (blue) and conveyor belt (brown); you won't get swept down the short course from the conveyor belt, honestly.
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Woohoo looking forward to nailing this course soon as its done!
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Ahhgh, they have built it miles away!
Where is the Portsmouth White-water Course!?

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Thanks Henry .
The course looks very sexy and has got me all excited .
Looks allot deeper, no more lazy rolls ;-)

any idea what the new features are called ?

Not long to wait now !

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No idea what the new drops will be called, and don't know if the old names will be kept (but I can't see them being changed).

I think they said the new rate of flow will be 17cumecs, which will be about 2.5x the previous rate. (Don't know if this will be split between the two courses, or down each.)

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Good pics Al. Had a walk down there yesterday morning and could`nt believe how much progress had been made ,def looking good cant wait to have a swim down it I mean paddle.
Warren wrote
Looks allot deeper, no more lazy rolls ;-)
Don`t worry Warren just get yourself a longer paddle ;o)

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A wee question, what's the fall ? It looks about 5-6m ?

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I'm sensing epic squirt boat potential in that bottom pool. Happy days!

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looks like they are catering for us old farts
and installing a coveyer belt to get us back up to the start again

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Big Henry wrote:No idea what the new drops will be called, and don't know if the old names will be kept (but I can't see them being changed).

I think they said the new rate of flow will be 17cumecs, which will be about 2.5x the previous rate. (Don't know if this will be split between the two courses, or down each.)
I recon they should rename them as they will be different from before!
But valentines is still in the shape of a heart , so keep that one.

Just seems right to me new course/new names.
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Looks allot deeper, no more lazy rolls ;-)

Paul
Don`t worry Warren just get yourself a longer paddle ;o)

All ready have Paul ,Set of 3 metre side kicks, carbon cranks ;-)
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Reported in today's Northern Echo (reporter must have been on one of the earlier tours than me):
The main course will be 310 metres long, with a slope of 3.7 metres, with four main and three small pools. There will also be a 95-metre course, which has a 3.7-metre slope and a fast wave.
Don't know how big the individual drops are.

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Thanks, I'll pass this on for some volunteering I'm doing on a proposed course.

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Looking forward to getting on it once it's complete!

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Im gonna rename all the features myself ;)
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Looks great to me!!

Judging by the flow of the water above the top wave before the changes I'm sure there are no issues with getting 'swept down' the new course if they say it is still deep there!!

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Took a couple more photos of the short course on Friday:

From above looking down:
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From below looking up:
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Looks like they've been running it with water, so the previously expected late May opening might be realistic.

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I emailed British Waterways the other day to ask if I could go and take some pics for this site of the course running, and received an email telling me that
Construction of the course is complete and we have now starting the commissioning phase.
...and that they will get in touch next time they are testing it. Sounds good.

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Are the blocks at Tees the same one's as those at Lea Valley?

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Yes they look the same from the photos

I belive Palm / Dagger molded them at Clevdon in the UK so a call to them direct may give you a more definate answer.

Here is some more info

http://www.palmequipmenteurope.com/blog ... -features/

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http://www.facebook.com/#!/rescue3europe

top post on the page is a video of footage and slides of the short course.

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The course looks dangerous with all them rescues ,bits of metal and cars in the water ;-)
Still looks shallow tho :-(

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warren wrote:The course looks dangerous with all them rescues ,bits of metal and cars in the water ;-)
Still looks shallow tho :-(
It looks like they have at least doubled the depth of the long course. The short course does look quite shallow, though.


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was up there the other week, long course is about twice as deep and the short course is a good foot deeper than that. THe rescue 3 video uses the short course (i think) on quite a low flow. Bits of metal and cars in the water i would imagine would be removed for normal running and the course closed for training events such as that. Purely speculatively they could maybe just shut the short course instead of the entire thing for such training but i dont know

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Hi guys,

Sorry for the lack of updates on the opening of the course but the site has not been handed over to us yet. Once work has been completed and the course is handed over, we’ve then got some operational testing and trials to undertake because we want to make sure the course is set up perfectly before we open to paddlers and rafters, so we can start having some fun!

Water is running down both channels on a regular basis at the minute as contractor and course designers look at the hydrology, the new rapid bloc system and water quality to make this one great place to enjoy paddling.

So sorry for the lack of information but we’re as keen to get our hands on the course. As and when we find out more we’ll let you all know. We do not as yet have a confirmed re-open date, but as soon as we do, we will let you know. One thing for certain it's going to be amazing when its complete!


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TBIWWC wrote:Tees Barrage International White Water Centre (TBIWWC)
International, hmmmm better without it, perhaps Tees White Water is simple and to the point

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I hope TBIWWC are going to be a bit better at running the course than they have been at keeping us up to speed on the its development!

Thanks to Big Henry for actually doing the job for them ;)

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GlennT wrote:I hope TBIWWC are going to be a bit better at running the course than they have been at keeping us up to speed on the its development!

Thanks to Big Henry for actually doing the job for them ;)

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TBIWWC wrote:Hi guys,

Sorry for the lack of updates on the opening of the course...
Big Henry wrote:I emailed British Waterways the other day to ask if I could go and take some pics for this site of the course running, and received an email telling me that
Construction of the course is complete and we have now starting the commissioning phase.
...and that they will get in touch next time they are testing it. Sounds good.
Don't want to sound too cynical, but when I emailed British Waterways on Tuesday, 19 April I included a link to this thread, and a week later they joined this site and posted an update. Coincidence, surely!

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Big Henry wrote:Don't want to sound too cynical, but when I emailed British Waterways on Tuesday, 19 April I included a link to this thread, and a week later they joined this site and posted an update. Coincidence, surely!
Why is that a problem? Surely what matters is that they're here now and keeping us all updated!
You can't slate them for that, can you?
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Does anyone know any more about when the course is due to re-open?? I did hear the end of May but that has passed and I can't find anything out anywhere.

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