[FIRST LOOK] Associated Architects have completed a £2.5 million boathouse for King’s School Worcester, on the river Severn
The Birmingham-based practice, named AJ100 Midlands’ Practice of the Year in 2012, has replaced a small one-storey 1950s boathouse as part of a ten-year masterplan for the independent school founded in 1541.
Built at the edge of Worcester’s historic city centre on the line of the old city defences, the Michael Baker Boathouse provides storage for the school’s full fleet of boats as well as indoor training and changing facilities.
Sat on a riverside site which often floods, the brick ground floor, supports a lightweight chestnut clad second storey, with a glazed cantilevered prow, that allows views up and down the River Severn.
The boat house was designed using Passivhaus principles, with triple glazing, super-insulation and air-tightnes, so that it approaches zero carbon standard. Solar electric and hot water roof panels meet much of the building’s energy needs.