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Oxford Brookes University boathouse, Wallingford by Spratleys

[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA + PLANS] Construction will start next month on this £1.2 million boathouse for Oxford Brookes University designed by Spratley Studios

According to the practice, the Thames-side scheme is a ‘practical, contemporary interpretation of local agricultural buildings’ and is due to complete by the end of the year (December 2010).

The buildings, which will be used by rowers in the run up to the Olympic 2012, will be clad in matt-black stained English larch which, the practice claims, will ‘produce a subtle silhouette within the landscape’.

Spratley Studios director, Jeremy Spratley said: ‘The new boathouse is not glamorous or egocentric, needlessly addressing the river in some overtly arrogant manner, but is simple, clean and efficient, like its contents.

’ In trebling the scale of the existing facility we have maximised boat storage, changing and training spaces, leaving nothing to water down the commitment to rowing excellence.’

Oxford Brookes University boathouse, Wallingford

Oxford Brookes University boathouse, Wallingford by Spratleys - elevation


Project data

Architects: Spratley Studios
Project Location:BowBridge, Reading Road Cholsey
Type Of Project: Education/ Leisure
Structural Engineers: Glanville
Project Architect: Stephen Tait
Design Team: Stephen Tait, Robert Kennedy
Client: Oxford Brookes University
Funding: Private Fundraising Campaign by University
Tender date: July
Start on site date: Aim October 2010
Contract duration: 12 months
Gross internal floor area: 754m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Traditional
Total cost: £1.2million
M&e consultant: Hoare Lea
Quantity surveyor: M R Partnership
Planning supervisor: CDM Coordinator – Andrew Goddard Associates
Lighting consultant: N/A
Main contractor: Not Appointed
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Not Appointed
Annual co2 emissions: No Data yet.

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