Construction started on the Eton Manor site in April 2010 and the venue is beginning to take shape. Building work includes lifting eight 40m-long beams – the longest single span timber beams in the UK – into position to form part of the roof of the indoor tennis courts.
Peter Norfolk, double gold medallist at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, commented: ‘Visiting the Eton Manor site really brought the London 2012 Paralympics alive for me and it was amazing to see where I’ll hopefully be competing on centre court. I can’t wait to see the finished venue and get out there and play.’
During the Paralympic Games, Eton Manor will host the Wheelchair Tennis competitions with temporary seating for 10,500 spectators. During the Olympic Games, the venue will provide temporary training facilities for aquatics competitors including three 50m swimming pools, and pools for synchronised swimming and water polo.
After the Games, Eton Manor will deliver multi-purpose sport and leisure facilities for the local community.