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Conservationist sought for Glasgow boathouse restoration

Glasgow Green
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The Glasgow Building Preservation Trust is looking for an architect to revamp the Category B-Listed West Boathouse in Glasgow Green

The winning conservation architect-led design team will develop the £2.4 million restoration scheme from RIBA Stage 2 to 6.

The project will repair the boathouse’s timber structure and foundations, and renew its roof, building services, windows and external render. The existing club room, kitchen, gym, changing area and toilets will also be refurbished.

According to the brief: ‘Project funding will be used 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.

‘Further proposals for accessible pontoons and works to stabilise the riverbank site should be included within the project development work, taking into cognisance the historic setting of the listed building within Glasgow Green as well as the natural environment and ecology of the river Clyde.’

Glasgow Green is one of the city’s most historic green spaces and is home to several landmarks including the McLennan Arch, Nelson Monument and the People’s Palace and Winter Garden.

The West Boathouse, designed by Glasgow Corporation architect AB MacDonald in 1905, occupies a prominent waterfront plot close to the Clyde’s historic tidal weir.

The timber-frame building is currently shared by the Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club and the Clyde Amateur Rowing Club, which occupy separate halves of the structure.

Applicants must have had an annual turnover of at least £75,000 for the past three years and be able to demonstrate relevant previous experience.

Employer’s liability insurance cover of £5 million, public liability insurance of £5 million and professional indemnity insurance up to £3 million are all required.

Alongside conservation architecture, the winning team will need to provide structural engineering, building services engineering, quantity surveying, landscape architecture and civil engineering services.

Up to five teams will be shortlisted for the estimated £250,000 contract. The project is scheduled to complete in 2019. LDN Architects completed a feasibility study for the project last year.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 2 November.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information



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