West Boathouse Secures Project Development Grant!

The Architectural Heritage Fund has awarded a Project Development Grant of £13,000 to assist Glasgow Building Preservation Trust to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project and taking it towards the start of work on site.  The Project Development Grant follows a previous Project Viability Grant of £3,000 to Clydesdale ARC, which helped to confirm the long term viability of the project.

The B-listed West Boathouse at Glasgow Green was built in 1905 as a clubhouse for Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club and Clyde Amateur Rowing Club. Designed by A B McDonald of the Glasgow Corporation Office Public Works, this is a rare building type in Scotland, and the boathouse is the largest example on record.  AHF funding will be used to develop proposals that will allow the building to be restored as a shared accessible boathouse, allowing a wider audience to use the building.

The grant will be used towards Project Organiser fees for Glasgow Building Preservation Trust to develop the project as client – negotiating with project funders and stakeholders to develop the project, procuring and managing consultants, obtaining consents, assembling project funding etc. The grant will also go towards Professional Fees for consultants to undertake further survey work, develop design proposals, costings, business plan, activities, community engagement etc. The grant funding will help get the project to a shovel-ready position and help lever funding from other funders.

Murray Shaw, Chair of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, welcomed the award:

This grant will help us develop proposals to secure the future of this unusual timber framed building on the Clyde. Securing AHF support adds to the momentum of this project and builds wider confidence that this project should be supported.

Gordon Barr, AHF Support Officer for Scotland, said:

“I’m delighted that the AHF were able to continue to support this important project to widen access and uses for a wide range of communities to an important and iconic building in Glasgow, and we look forward to seeing how the project develops.”

You personally can help add to that momentum by donating to the public appeal currently running on MyPark Scotland.  Our target is to raise £5,000 to help further develop the project, ensuring the proposals will serve the users of Glasgow Green and wider community groups in the future, as well as it has served the rowing clubs in the past.  Please give generously.


The Architectural Heritage Fund is a registered charity, working since 1976 to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas.

The AHF are the leading heritage social investor and the only specialist heritage lender operating in the UK.  The AHF offer advice, grants and loans to projects that have the potential to deliver substantial social and economic benefits where they are needed most.

Find out more at www.ahfund.org.uk