West Boathouse, Glasgow Green

West Boathouse, Glasgow Green

The Category B Listed West Boathouse was built by the Glasgow Corporation in 1905 to designs by the city surveyor Alexander Beith MacDonald.  The West Boathouse is said to be among the grandest of its kind in Britain, occupying the ideal location for rowing on the River Clyde, within Glasgow Green. The building is of a timber frame construction which in itself is a rare building type from that period. The building has been altered over the years and is in poor condition, but remains in active use by the rowing clubs.

Our project seeks to adapt and convert the semi-detached clubhouses into a shared and accessible Boathouse that serves the users of Glasgow Green and wider community groups in the future, as well as it has served the rowing clubs in the past.


Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club – established in 1857.  A Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation since March 2015.
Clyde Amateur Rowing Club – established in 1865.  An unincorporated organisation.

Project Development:

Over the course of 2017, GBPT will be undertaking the Development Period for the project.  Supported by consultants and volunteers from the rowing clubs, the project team will work on:  surveys, reports, consultation, design development, business planning, equality planning, activity development, interpretation planning, extensive engagement and fundraising – all to help develop the project proposals further, to ensure the completed project gives the building and its users a future that benefits the wider community.  If the project develops as we anticipate, we hope to be on-site in late 2018!

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Project Consultants:

Architects:  ARPL Architects
Quantity Surveyors:  Gardiner and Theobold
Structural Engineers:  David Narro Associates
Services Engineers:  FLN Consulting Engineers
Heritage Activity and Interpretation Planner:  Northlight Heritage
Project Business Planners:  Community Links Scotland
Equality Diversity and Inclusion Planning:  Glasgow Womens Library

Project Costs:

Total Project Costs are estimated at £2.4m


The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced its support for the redevelopment of the Category B listed West Boathouse on Glasgow Green, with a First Round Pass for a Heritage Grant of £1.212m including development funding of £121,900 for Glasgow Building Preservation Trust to develop their proposals further.


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Historic Environment Scotland have awarded a Building Repair Grant of £360,000 towards the eligible repair costs of the Category B Listed timber frame building.




The Architectural Heritage Trust have awarded a Project Development Grant of £13,000 to support Glasgow Building Preservation Trust with the costs of developing the project e.g. consultant fees, surveys and reports etc.



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have awarded a grant of £2,500 to support the development of the Activity Plan and the Equality Plan.  The Spirit of Calton fund is administered by Foundation Scotland.



Through MyParkScotland, a public appeal exceeded o_5ff7410d58dee64c-0the £5k target with 197 donations raising £5,478 towards the development costs.  In addition, over £700 was generated from GiftAid on the donations for the Glasgow Green Endowment Fund to help support future projects in Glasgow Green.





The William Grant Foundation have approved a grant wg-foundation-logoof £10,000 to the project. The grant from the Natural and Built Environment Group will support the development work on the project – and completes the funding required at this stage, enabling the development period to start in January 2017.


Rio 2016 Silver Medallist Polly Swann announces the Heritage Lottery Fund award in October 2016. PIC Peter Devlin

Feasibility Study:

Clydesdale ARC received a Start-Up Grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and a Project Viability Grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) for their project, Heritage of Rowing at West Boathouse, in Glasgow.  The project had 3 distinct activities – heritage appraisal, business case and condition survey.  The rowing community have been fully involved in every aspect, from sharing old photos to developing 5 year business plans, from itemising maintenance issues to trial pit inspections and installing ‘heritage windows’.

The Feasibility Study concluded in December 2015.  A summary of the Feasibility Study can be downloaded here:  Feasibility Study Summary

Our thanks go to the consultants who worked on the Feasibility Study:

Architect: LDN Architects
Cost Consultant: Morham and Brotchie
Structural Engineer: Elliot and Co.
Business Case Consultant: Stephanie Robertson
Heritage Consultant: Building Learning