Royal Artillery Barracks
The site was used as a location for artillery units from 1716 to July 25, 2007, most recently the 16th Royal Artillery Regiment. The barracks were built between 1776 and 1802 on a hill above Woolwich Common . Woolwich has a long military tradition. Not far from the barracks are the Royal Arsenal , which was the most important arms factory of the British Army for more than 200 years, and the Royal Military Academy , where officers and engineers of the artillery troops were trained from 1741 to 1939 .
Olympic sports facility
For the shooting competitions of the 2012 Olympic Games, the national shooting center (National Shooting Center) was originally in Bisley in the county of Surrey provided. However, the IOC pushed for some venues outside London to be dropped. For this reason, the organizing committee decided to build a temporary facility in the Woolwich artillery barracks. The cost of the investment amounted to 18 million pounds . This is where the shooting competitions took place during the 2012 Olympic Games and the shooting and archery competitions at the 2012 Paralympics . There were 7500 spectator seats available.
- News Shopper, August 6, 2007, article: End of an era for historic barracks (accessed March 15, 2011)
- Official website London 2012, The Royal Artillery Barracks ( Memento of the original from December 5, 2012 in the web archive archive.today ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. london2012.com, (accessed March 15, 2011)