TEESSIDE, UK: GREEN POWER WHITEWATER PARK

Swift water rescue students train at the Teeside training course
A slalom paddler navigates the gates at Teeside
The construction of the Archimedes Screw Pump generators at Teeside
Recreational kayakers paddling the course

Teesside is a fascinating project. It is partially situated below sea level and is run entirely on green, tidal power. The design harnesses the Atlantic Ocean’s tidal flows in partnership with the Tees Barrage (dam) to generate energy through 4 fish friendly, 13m long, 3.5m diameter Archimedean screw pumps. The screw pumps are capable of generating recreational flow and or generating power (screw pumps run in reverse). When the tide is contrary, generators are run as pumps to operate the course. When the tide is favorable, there is ample flow to operate the course and generate power.

The Teeside project included improving the existing channel, completed by EPDUK, and adding an additional recreational channel designed to provide world class recreation. S2o was hired to design the new recreation channel. The s2o designed channel included a proprietary m-wave feature, a flow-through headgate and S2o’s “tourist trap” big drop feature. In addition to the innovative pumping and channel design features, the RapidBlocs™ movable obstacle system was also installed. The RapidBlocs™ system provides well formed, stable whitewater that can adapt and change to a variety of uses, long into the future. The park is one of a kind and has redefined whitewater parks for generations to come.