arpl architects
ARPL Architects


We are pleased to hear that our proposals for the repair and alterations of the West Boathouse on Glasgow Green has gained Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent. Our client, Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, are delighted that the rejuvenation project is progressing so well.

The B Listed building, with it’s rare timber piling and frame structure, sits just above the tidal weir on the River Clyde and has been home to the Clyde Amateur Rowing Club and Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club since it’s construction in 1905, designed by the Glasgow Corporation Office of Public Works by the City Surveyor, Alexander Beith McDonald.

 As part of the HLF funded development stage, the investigations into the condition and methods of original construction have been fascinating, and presented a number of opportunities for heritage talks and visits from rowing enthusiasts and architectural conservation groups.

The clubs have an ambitious outreach and heritage programme to make rowing an inclusive and accessible activity for all in their local community and for the boathouse to host a flexible range of diverse activities and other user groups. The proposed extensions of a full glazed porch entrance and new spectator balcony on the riverside, are an expression of their welcome and openness.

welcome to arpl architects

The ARPL philosophy is to produce buildings to the highest design standards in close consultation with our clients.

Our design is both innovative and sympathetic to the immediate and the broader environment in which they are constructed with an emphasis on sustainability. Each project embraces the unique nature of the client’s needs and the site.

From our base in Ayr the practice carries out projects over a wide geographical area from the Orkneys and the Western Isles to Ireland. Our project experience covers the fields of housing, churches, schools, commercial projects, private houses, community and arts buildings. We have developed particular expertise in contemporary sustainable design, specialist conservation works and design for historically sensitive environments.

Our work has received wide recognition through numerous design and environmental awards presented over the years for our new build and conservation works. Regular success in design competitions adds to the practice portfolio.

While you are here, please visit our project gallery where you can see many of the projects we have worked on and some case studies.

We can be contacted through the contact form,
or phone us on 01292 289777.