University College Boathouse
University College Boat Club is fortunate to reside in a brand new, multi-million pound boathouse. Its award-winning architectural design has made it an iconic feature in Oxford and among boathouses nationwide. It was also recently featured in the Row360 magazine. You can read the full article here.
The original 19th century boathouse designed by John Oldrid Scott, was tragically destroyed through arson in 1999. After eight years, a new boathouse was finished, designed by Belsize Architects. Featuring three boat bays, a maintenance workshop, club room, viewing terrace, erg room and accomodation factilities, it's size and facilities make it pre-eminent among Oxford's many boathouses.
The Saturday of Eights Week in 2007 saw the opening of the new boathouse by Colin Moynihan (1974), who coxed for University College and Oxford University, won a silver medal at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, gained a boxing Blue, later became Minister of Sport, and then Chairman of the British Olympic Association. The ceremony also marked the dedication of the Coleman Viewing Terrace by Jimmy Coleman (1963) and Jamie Coleman (1994); it is named due to their gift.
The Boathouse has been awarded a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) prize. The £2.7million structure has enjoyed a very favourable reception in the architectural world. An article describes the structure as not just a boathouse, but "a grandstand of the first order" arguing that it represents a new age in rowing.