Downing College Boathouse

Downing College, Cambridge

RLP provided Architectural, Quantity Surveying, and Project Management services for the internal alterations and improvements to the Downing College Boathouse, which included the installation of the only eight man training rowing tank in Cambridge. The state-of-the-art indoor rowing facility will be used to improve training and rowing techniques, which in turn will result in greater speed being achieved on the river.

In order to create space for the 15m. long tank, rather than constructing an extension to to the building, RLP designed a new infill floor at 1st floor level in what was a tall internal void within the existing building envelope, to provide the additional space required for the rowing tank. In addition to the installation of a new floor and eight man boat, there are eight video cameras and two 65 inch high definition screens, to allow the coaches to closely monitor athletes and improve their rowing techniques and performance.

Other works carried out included the internal refurbishment of the ergo room, gym, communal showers and club room, and the refurbishment of six student en-suite bedrooms, with new kitchen/dining facilities, all up on the second floor.

The project was carried out over a 6 month period with a number of phases, at a total cost of around £700,000. This included the supply and installation of the rowing tank from a specialist from the United States.

Client: Downing College
Quantity Surveyors: Robert Lombardelli Partnership
Architectural Design/Project Manager: Robert Lombardelli Partnership
Contractors: Phase 1, Boom Construction. Subsequent phases, direct labour.
Boat Suppliers: Durham Boat Company
Interior Designers: Tim Marshall Design
Structural Engineers: Peter Brett Associates