The Boathouse Redevelopment

Peterhouse boathousePeterhouse 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 has decided to undertake much-needed repairs to the building as well as to refurbish and extend it so that it will serve the Club’s needs for the next 50-100 years. Currently space is limited for training -   the ergs are in the men’s changing room - as well as boat storage and maintenance. 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 to take this forward. 

We have now received planning permission and the architects have come up with a plan for a 'pause point' that will give us almost all we need while we raise the second half of the funds required to complete the design - details can be found here. If we can secure gifts and pledges (including legacy pledges) for a total of £2million by the end of 2022 then we will be able to start work in early 2023. If you would like further information, or to make a gift or a pledge, please send an email to copied to

Boathouse Redevelopment Scheme