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New slipway into River Thames makes a splash in Tower Hamlets

A watersports centre in east London is benefitting from a new slipway into the River Thames with help from the company building London’s super sewer.

Tideway funded the construction of the new slipway at the Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre, a charity which provides watersports and outdoor activities.

The slipway was officially opened at the end of June by former Olympic rower and Programme Manager at Tideway, Andrew Triggs Hodge. Guests had the chance to try their hands at all the exciting activities the centre has to offer – including sailing, kayaking, canoeing, bell-boating, rowing, climbing and high-ropes.

Jeff Alchin, Project Manager at Tideway’s nearby site at King Edward Memorial Park, said: “We are thrilled with the finished slipway, especially as it means the local community can continue to enjoy water-based activities on the Thames while we are working to clean up the river nearby.”

Mike Wardle, Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre Director said: “The new slipway is amazing and will help the Centre users access the River Thames more safely than before. The design also allows for people with disabilities access to the river through the programmes we run for local schools and our long term youth programme. A big thank you to all those involved.”

The construction of the new slipway was undertaken by VolkerStevin.