The Olympic Games may be a just a memory but the wheels are in motion to create a 'legacy' that the government has been increasingly keen to implement.

Officials at Patrick Parsons Consulting Engineers have announced that the company has been awarded a contract to convert the Lee Valley white water course into a facility that will help to benefit the community as a whole.

The site, which is situated in Eton Dorney, Buckinghamshire, will be optimised for the leisure environment which will be used by local residents, as well as schools that are based around the vicinity of the centre. The £5 million scheme has been handed down as part of the government's Olympic Legacy initiative which aims to promote sport throughout the UK following the Games.

Lee Valley was the scene of a number of Team GB triumphs over the summer as Ed McKeever walked away a gold medal in the men's 200 metres K1 kayaking sprint event. The country was also successful in the men's C2 canoe slalom event where the team of Timothy Baillie and Etienne Stott edged out compatriots David Florence and Richard Hounslow to claim the gold. While the new developments will have a focus on community there will still be scope for athletes to train.

There will be a number of state-of-the-facilities to allow these sportsmen and women to practice for the next major competition. Athletes will be able to have access to gym equipment, while offices for coaches and physiotherapists that are accompanying the athletes will also be provided.

Peter Stienlet, Patrick Parsons managing director, said: "It's a privilege to be involved in creating a legacy for the local community at the Lee Valley Olympic course. The upgrades to the facilities will also secure the course's future as a world-class centre for sporting excellence, an equally important legacy. This continues our involvement in engineering world-class white water projects on an international scale."

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