HOLME PIERREPONT NATIONAL WATERSPORTS CENTRE
The Holme-Pierrepont National Watersports Centre has a storied history. The channels were one of the first great whitewater slalom channels and home to the British Slalom Team for more than twenty years. The challenge associated with this project was taking an existing world-class facility and updating it to be a state-of-the-art racing channel, without decreasing any of the already attractive features within the channel.
The project was led on the S2o side by Scott Shipley, who won his first World Cup and World Championship medals at this venue. S2o used innovative applications of computer modeling to establish that the proposed improvements, laid out by EPDUK, would give the desired effect, while protecting the existing “muncher” section of the course. This method of computer modeling was cutting-edge and challenged by many but, in the end, led to a highly successful and cost effective re-design of the channels. The completed project played host to the European Championships in its first season and remains a mainstay of the United Kingdom’s whitewater programs.