Canoe polo platform

VersaDock have supplied an innovative floating platform system to create the boundaries of a four-pitch canoe polo playing park at Nottingham’s National Watersports Centre.  The platform is constructed from VersaDock’s modular floats, whose versatility enables them to be formed into any design.

VersaDock won the contract following a tender process with British Canoeing, who had successfully applied for funding from Sport England.

Date: August 2016

Customer: British Canoeing

Location: Holme Pierrepont Country Park, Nottingham, UK

Product Type: Working platform

Product Dimensions: 2 metres wide, each pitch 44.44m x 27m, four pitches in total, overall length 94.67, width 64.72m

Installation Method: Shore bar with cross wire

How long it took: Three people will take two weeks to complete the installation

Google earth 4-pitch view
The polo ‘pitch’ design means that staff, referees and spectators can stand on the highly stable floating platform the whole way around the four areas and can walk across the middle in both directions and on and off it to the shore. The canoes themselves can enter into each pitch under modular bridges constructed in the same way, equipped with safety rails.

Henry Bagnall of VersaDock came up with the design to put the four pitches inside one main perimeter so that each could share a wall for cost effectiveness. “VersaDock have used their ‘double low float’, double width float for extra stability, and low so that canoeists can easily reach onto the platforms,” he explains. “We have neatly fitted the whole area into one of the water spaces in the lake system at Holme Pierrepont Country Park, the home of National Watersports.”

The platform system is two metres wide all round providing a comfortable safety margin for users. It is secured to the shore using strong connecting bars. The floating platform is being installed by a team from VersaDock and will be ready for use by the middle of August.

“This has been a great opportunity for VersaDock to show our capabilities,” adds Henry, “and we are very proud that the platform will be a centrepiece for canoeists in this renowned watersports park.”