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McAslan's boat comes in with competition win

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John McAslan & Partners has made a splash on the Thames by winning a competition to design Chiswick boathouse for the University of

London.

The £2 million, three-storey building will sit on an 80m x 80m site south of Kew Bridge. The ground-floor, 1500m2 store will be racked to the brim with the full range of competition boats. The first floor will be the core of the club, with weight-training and changing rooms, lounge and offices on around 700m2 of space. A dozen student flats will top the building.

The existing 1930s boathouse, which is too small, will be demolished, and the University of London also intends to build private flats on the land. It is in the process of working out the details and timing. Hiro Aso, associate in charge of the project, said: 'It's a prominent location and students will give anything to have accommodation overlooking the water.'

John McAslan & Partners is also working on a boathouse for Imperial College, west of Putney Bridge. The £1.4 million scheme is under way and due to be finished this July. It will contain similar facilities to the Chiswick boathouse, said Aso.

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