We worked for 10 years at the site of what is now the Dorney Lake rowing facility in Berkshire.
Set in 450 acres of parkland, Dorney Lake in Berkshire is the UK’s first world class international facility for rowing and flatwater canoeing.
Its Olympic standard eight lane rowing course is over 2km long and 140m wide. It is separated from a parallel 80m wide feeder lake by a strip of land featuring an access road and cycle track. The lake was the venue for the World Rowing Championships in 2006.
Each bridge was cast in situ in one continuous concrete pour up to 33m long to achieve structural integrity with minimum mass and a joint-free appearance.
Over a 10-year period, we designed the lake’s many roads and access facilities. We also designed and built the overflow outfall weir which sends water 2km downstream in a 700mm diameter pipe to Dorney Lock.
As the lake was formed, the flat surrounding meadows were sympathetically landscaped with excavation arisings and a combination of open and planted landscape created.
Our relationship with the client and design team developed very successfully over the 10-year contract period with our growing involvement in the capacities of constructor, designer and advisor, forming an integral part of the overall project.
Dorney Lake was commended in the 2007 Civic Trust Awards.