Glasgow boathouse restored and ready again for rowers

A BOATHOUSE on the banks of the River Clyde, by the major Glasgow park, Glasgow Green, has been restored and officially re-opened for rowers.

Sunday saw over 250 people gather for the official re-opening, following two years of restoration work and a further five years of trying to get the project off the ground.

The restoration has been overseen by the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, funded by – among others – the National Lottery.

Says GBPT of the West Boathouse: “Over five years in development and two years in delivery, the West Boathouse project has repaired and adapted a beautiful listed building, improving accessibility and providing new facilities and flexible, multi-use spaces.

“A new bespoke pontoon allows safer access to the river for a wide range of groups. The renovation project has run in tandem with community heritage activities to open the building to new audiences and encourage people to re-engage with the River Clyde.”

Two clubs are based at the West Boathouse: Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club and Clyde Amateur Rowing Club.

The media release continues: “The £3.05m project was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland, The Robertson Trust, Glasgow City Council, the William Grant Foundation, The Hugh Fraser Foundation, the Architectural Heritage Fund and many others.

“The renovation and renewal was led by ARPL Architects and overseen by Glasgow Building Preservation Trust. The project has sensitively restored and futureproofed the building for many years to come.”

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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