Construction work to enhance the sailing facilities at Weymouth & Portland for 2012 is racing towards the finishing line, the Olympic Delivery Authority announced today.
The Olympic Delivery Authority and its contractors Dean & Dyball began construction work in March to enhance the existing sailing facilities with the construction of a new permanent 250m slipway and new race-boat parking, lifting and mooring facilities.
Construction work is now well over the halfway stage with 70,000 tonnes of Portland stone put in place to reclaim 18,000m2 of land in front of the sailing academy to form the new slipway. Work has also been completed on a 200m breakwater to protect the enhanced facilities, and work is well underway on a new pier offering two yacht lifting cranes, and a new pontoon to provide 70 berths for race-boats.
The progress means the project is expected to be completed in November, keeping Weymouth & Portland on track to be the first venue ready for the 2012 Games, delivering an early legacy of world-class facilities for elite athletes and the local community to use.
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