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.

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