About me
Bookshop

Get new posts by email.

About me

Photo-a-day 129: Tees Barrage

20120508-165418.jpg

This is the 160m Tees Barrage, built to maintain the upstream river at a constant level, preventing flooding and allowing excellent watersports facilities to be created: so good, in fact, that the 2001 World Canoe Championships were held here. The white water course is to be an international training location for London 2012.

It took from 1991 to 1995 to construct, and was the country’s biggest civil engineering project during that time. Its construction cost £50m, and used 650 tonnes of steel and 15,000 cubic metres of concrete; and a further £4.6m is currently being spent on upgrading the facilities. The Gazette has some very dramatic pictures of the original construction, including one arresting shot showing how the Tees was temporarily diverted from the site to allow construction.

It’s a remarkable feat of engineering, combining brute strength with precision control, made all the more remarkable by a fairly charming appearance.

This post was filed under: Photo-a-day 2012, , .

Recently published posts

Weeknotes 2022.32 / 14 August 2022

Weeknotes 2022.31 / 07 August 2022

On book reviews / 05 August 2022

What I’ve been reading this month / 31 July 2022

Weeknotes 2022.30 / 31 July 2022

Weeknotes 2022.29 / 24 July 2022




Random posts from the archive




Comments and responses

Trackback from elsewhere on the site



20:04
14th May 2012.

This post has been referenced by another on this site:
sjhoward.co.uk » Photo-a-day 135: Tees Barrage International White Water Centre




Compose a new comment

I'm not taking comments on my blog any more, so I'm afraid the opportunity to add to this discussion has passed.




The content of this site is copyright protected by a Creative Commons License, with some rights reserved. All trademarks, images and logos remain the property of their respective owners. The accuracy of information on this site is in no way guaranteed. Opinions expressed are solely those of the author. No responsibility can be accepted for any loss or damage caused by reliance on the information provided by this site. Information about cookies and the handling of emails submitted for the 'new posts by email' service can be found in the privacy policy. This site uses affiliate links: if you buy something via a link on this site, I might get a small percentage in commission. Here's hoping.