Edinburgh University Rowing Centre Strathclyde Country Park
Following a successful tender, Loader Monteith were appointed by Edinburgh University as lead consultants to deliver a new rowing centre at Strathclyde Country Park for EUBC. Matt Loader is himself a rower of some 25 years experience, and a former captain of Edinburgh University Boat Club, meaning the success in winning this project was of huge significance to us both as a practice and personally to Matt.
EUBC are already delivering significant numbers of athletes into the GB under 23 team, as well as a growing Senior Worlds, and run a comprehensive rowing programme which supports all athletes from novices up to elite level. Graduates of EUBC include Dame Katherine Grainger, and fellow Rio Olympic silver medalist Polly Swann. At present they operate from a wooden shed on a 1400m stretch of water in Edinburgh, and in cramped, rented accommodation at Strathclyde Park. This project seeks to give EUBC the home it deserves - and one capable of furthering both participation and performance levels throughout the club.
At the project inception stage, we set out to develop the brief with Edinburgh University by asking ourselves two fundamental questions: What makes boats go fast? What prevents the boats going faster? Precedent visits were undertaken to various exemplar projects around the United Kingdom including the Great Britain High Performance Centre at Caversham, and Leander Club in Henley on Thames, and these helped to deliver a detailed and well considered brief which sought to address issues specific to the students at Edinburgh and delivering an uncompromising and outstanding facility.
Loader Monteith are part of a wider design team and are working alongside Bergmark Architects, Harley Haddow Civil, Structural and Services Engineers, David Adamson Group for CDM, and Currie and Brown for Cost Consultancy.