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The Boathouse refurbishment

Latest news: The boathouse will be officially reopened on 13th June 2015 by Dr Walter Scott

View our refurbishment timeline - and photo gallery updated June 2015

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THBC and the College want to invest in the boathouse to make improvements to ensure that it is secure in its footings, generous in its facilities, and up-to-date with its equipment. We believe in providing an excellent team training environment to help with the recruitment of novices and ultimately the regaining of the headship.

Planning permission was granted in April and work began on 27th May 2014. Phases one and two have been completed.

boat house model

The improvements

The plans include renovating the facade of the boathouse and removing the more modern external staircase, for both aesthetic and security reasons. Two extensions are proposed (i) a two-storey extension to the west which will house a four-seater rowing tank, with training room in the roof space (Phase 3); and (ii) another to the east, where a new workshop lean-to has been constructed. The remainder of the work comprised internal reorganisation and modest demolition works to create ergometer rooms, a video training room, and an office for the coach in the upper historic rooms, and moving the men's and women's changing rooms to the ground floor.

Funds required

The project requires funding of around £2 million in total, or £1.4 million for phases one and two. The College has committed some funds to the project and we are very grateful to Dr Walter Grant Scott (TH 1969) and Rosemary Scott who are major donors to the refurbishment project. We will only be able to complete all phases of the project and have an exciting new facility that would be unique on the river with alumni support. Thank you to all those who have made a donation.

See how much we have raised so far and a list of donors

2014 Ergothon: THBC rowed 646.1km during their 25hr ergothon in October to raise over £3,000 for the boathouse project and for the national charity Cardiac Risk in the Young. See the ergothon website


PhaseConstruction dates 
1May-June 2014Build new workshop
2AJuly-Sept 2014Entrance, weights area, disabled WC and new staircase; roof works including new roof lights and external works to windows
2BOct -March 2015Convert existing workshop to new changing rooms
3 Build shell for the new tank building
4 Internal fit out of new tank building



Kate Grose (TH 1977), of Tigerhill architects, as a member of the THBC Advisory Committee, has been commissioned by the College as architect of this exciting project.

plans for redevelopment of the boathouse

I very much hope you will join me in supporting - as generously as you are able to - this historic club, which for me personally provided the catalyst, training and enthusiasm to launch an Olympic career in rowing." Kate Grose





Recognition levels

All donors to the project will be invited to the opening of the newly refurbished boathouse. There are also naming opportunities:

Gift level 
£135,000Naming one of the three training rooms or one of two changing rooms
£10,000Invited to a dinner in College and name on the door to the boathouse

If you are interested in supporting the project please contact fundraising@trinhall.cam.ac.uk

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