The Boathouse Redevelopment

Peterhouse was among the first colleges to establish a Boat Club in 1828.  The present boathouse was built in 1928 and a single-storey boat shed was added in 1992.  Ahead of the Boat Club’s bicentenary in 2028, the College decided to undertake much-needed repairs to the building as well as to refurbish and develop it so that it will serve the Club’s needs for the next 50-100 years.  Currently space is quite limited for boat storage and maintenance and also for training – the ergs are in the men’s changing room!  Training methods are also changing, especially as the river becomes ever more crowded, and many boathouses now have spaces equipped with wifi where people can sit and work between outings.  In 2018 the College therefore established the 2028 Committee of past and present Petrean oarsmen and women, under the chairmanship of Gordon Hewlett, to take this forward.  The 2028 Committee has met a number of times to choose an architect and to work with them to perfect a design.  A link to the most recent iteration of the design can be found below. The Committee is pleased with the way in which the architects have resolved their concerns and would now welcome comments from others before we move to the next stage.  Please send your comments to copied to

A pre-application has been submitted and we are in the process of engaging a quantity surveyor in advance of launching an appeal.  

Boathouse Redevelopment Scheme