Thames Rowing Club members will celebrate the reopening of their historic building
Members of Thames Rowing Club will celebrate the reopening of their historic clubhouse at a reception in the club on the evening of Thursday, November 24, in the presence of the club’s patron, HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
Over the past six months, the TRC clubhouse in Putney, built originally in 1879, has been extensively remodelled both internally and externally to meet the needs of an ambitious club in the 21st century.
Using the designs of architect and club member Mark Panter of Panter Hudspith Architects, a new balcony and windows have been added to the front of the clubhouse, the bar and reception areas have been extended and opened up to the river view, two new flats constructed, and the crew room refurbished. In addition, the boat storage area has been fireproofed and rewired, and new boat racks installed. Contractors for the project are Coniston Ltd, of Dartford, Kent.
The rebuild of the clubhouse follows construction and opening of the Burrough Building training facility in 2005, and is the result of a fundraising project begun during the 150th anniversary of the club in 2010.
Club Chairman, William Saunders, said:
”Our vision for the Club has been to create a boathouse complex that rivals any in the United Kingdom and supports the highest standards of rowing. That vision is now substantially realised, and the members of Thames can be proud of what they have achieved”.
The TRC Committee thanks the many individual club members, Thames Trust, and Thames Rowing Club Charitable Trust for their donations towards the cost of the project, and the Steve Fairbairn Memorial Trust for its loan to the Club.
November 22, 2011