- London Regatta Centre
The London Regatta Centre, a state-of-the-art rowing centre, is located in the heart of the Docklands area in the
East Endof London. It is built at the west end on the north of the historic Royal Albert Dockdirectly opposite London City Airport. The site is owned by the Royal Albert Dock Trust, and is home to the Royal Docks Rowing Club.
The Regatta Centre was practically completed in September 1999. It was opened formally March 2000, by HRH the Princess Royal. The building was designed by the award-winning
Ian Ritchie Architects. The 200 year lease on the land for the centre was to the Royal Albert Dock Trust, by the London Docklands Development Corporation.
The centre boasts a 2,000 metre course, with seven lanes plus a return lane. The existing 1,750 metre length of the dock was extended to 2,000 by the removal and replacement of the Woolwich Manor Way Bridge at the east of the dock. The new bridge was built further east and is now officially known as the
Sir Steve Redgrave Bridge. Amongst the centre's other facilities are a rowing tank.
The adjacent quayside is undergoing significant redevelopment as a state-of-the-art Business Park, "The Royals". The east end of the dock is the home of the
University of East Londoncampus.
The centre is two minutes walk from
Royal Albert Docklands Light Railway station.
Rowing on the River Thames
* [http://www.london-regatta-centre.org.uk/ Official website]
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