VersaDock wins contract to provide Canoe Polo training and competition facility at The National Watersports, Nottingham
VersaDock have supplied an innovative floating platform system to create the boundaries of a four-pitch canoe polo facility 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, which funded the project through its Capital Investment Program. Senior Development Officer, Ben Seal, commented “This has been fantastic opportunity to work with VersaDock and volunteers from the sport to design and deliver a high profile home for Canoe Polo. Hopefully in the coming years, it will play host to domestic and international competition, as well as training. It will inspire more people to get involved and take to the water.”
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 kayaks themselves can enter into each pitch under modular bridges constructed in the same way, equipped with safety rails.
Working with British Canoeing staff and volunteers, Henry Bagnall of VersaDock helped develop 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 players 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 Canoe Polo in this renowned watersports park.”