HPP proposal plans (click to download 470kb PDF)
At last – the plans. So what’s changed from the earlier proposals?
Well, the main thing is that we’ve had useful input from the user group, which includes representatives of all the different user groups with in interest in the course. A day-and-night contrast with the start of this process, we’ve all had a say in the designs. You can find out more about the consultation process and the changes here (420kb PDF). And we think it shows in what’s actually proposed:
- The course will go back to full flow. It’s flowing at 17 cubic metres a second (cumecs) at the moment. These changes will put it back to the 24 cumecs it used to flow at. That means the rapids will get their power back.
- The muncher and plughole section will stay as they are. That means 24 cumecs going through the section, which should deepen up the muncher and plughole themselves, and bring back the power and definition they used to have.
- The pools will stay deep. The Pyramid and Looping pools will stay deep, to retain their playboating potential – though the changes will make the deep sections shorter. Modelling shows this won’t change the energy in the features, but it will speed up the water on exit which will suit racers. The deep pool downstream of the muncher will be filled in, though.
- Specific features for beginners, intermediates and whitewater safety and rescue. The back-channels and the section below the muncher will make training grounds for improving paddlers and rescue technicians.
- Variable features. We’ve looked closely at the Omniflot system. In theory, it should give us the potential to fine-tune features outside the muncher/plughole section to make the most of them.
If you want to see the modelling behind the proposals, you can download this 540kb PDF for full details.
So what do I think?
Well… I think it should be an improvement on what we’ve got now for almost all course users. The main benefit is a full 24 cumec flow again. It should give the features more depth, which can only be a good thing. Given the process the user group have been through, and the information we’ve been given, I think it’ll give the course a new lease of life over its current – lousy – configuration.
So I’m actually quite excited about the potential. But what do you think? You can come along to the public meeting this Wednesday to have your say…
Holme Pierrepont whitewater course showing the pools that will be filled in.
Holme Pierrepont whitewater course as it is now
Proposed changes to Holme Pierrepont whitewater course
Here are the plans at last for this December’s proposed changes to Holme Pierrepont. Have a look and see what you think – and please do share your thoughts in the comments box below…
A few points:
- The proposed changes use the plastic Omniflot system, much like on the top half of the course as it is now, but with slightly different bollards
- Much like the earlier plans, most of the deep pools are proposed to be filled in
- There’s a proposed wall to be built across the Magic Roundabout to seperate the back channels from the main flow
- The course above the Pyramid pool and below the bottom stopper won’t see many changes
- This is all we’ve got so far – plans and an artist’s impression. The next stage is computer modelling.
The onus is now on the BCU to persuade the course’s users that these changes will be an improvement. I’ve offered as much help as I can afford to spread the message and to put out the facts.
We need to be able to envisage how the new course will look and perform.
We need to see successful examples of Omniflots in action that are forming the sort of playspots and river features we’re being promised.
We need to see that it’ll support and encourage rafting enough to keep the course earning money and open when it changes ownership.
In short, we’ve got a fantastic and unique facility already – we need persuading that these changes are a guaranteed improvement, rather than hurried modifications for the sake of it. Hundreds of people have pledged their support for full consultation and a deep channel course. Let’s keep up this free and open flow of information, because we need convincing.
World Class' plans for Nottingham's Holme Pierrepont whitewater course
These are the latest plans for changes to the course. Proposed by the World Class team last year, they mean a constant, gradual gradient with an average depth of 1.2m. They mean plenty of eddies but nothing in the way of deep, stable features. And they mean filling in and blocking off all the deep pools and the back channels.
The World Class team are presenting the second generation of plans in a week, so we need to make our voice heard.