London Regatta Centre
The London Regatta Centre is a rowing and dragon boat racing centre located in the heart of the Docklands area in the East End of London. It is built at the west end on the northern quayside of the historic Royal Albert Dock directly opposite London City Airport. The site is owned by the Royal Albert Dock Trust, and is home to the Queen Mary, University of London Boat Club, London Youth Rowing, Curlew Rowing Club, University of East London Boat Club, Royal Docks Rowing Club, Raging Dragons Dragon Boat Club, Thames Dragons, Wave Walkers and Typhoon DBC amongst others
The Regatta Centre was practically completed in September 1999 and opened formally March 2000 by HRH the Princess Royal. The building was designed by the award-winning Ian Ritchie Architects. The 200-year lease on the land for the centre was to the Royal Albert Dock Trust, by the London Docklands Development Corporation.
The centre has a 2,000 metre course, with seven lanes plus a return lane. The existing 1,750-metre length of the dock was extended to 2,000 by the removal and replacement of the Woolwich Manor Way Bridge at the east of the dock. The new bridge was built further east and is now officially known as the Sir Steve Redgrave Bridge. Amongst the centre's other facilities are a rowing tank and a boathouse.
The centre is near Royal Albert Docklands Light Railway station.
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