The Radley College Rowing Centre is a new rowing training facility, providing the high quality year-round training facilities needed for the school’s rowing teams. The building is the latest in a varied series of projects that we have undertaken at the College, and is the result of an excellent working relationship that allowed us to deliver a complex facility and an elegant building within a modest budget.
The Rowing Centre building contains a state of the art rowing tank that closely mimics actual river conditions, permitting on-site training throughout the year regardless of the weather. The building is naturally ventilated to prevent overheating and avoid chemical build up, while extensive glazing reduces energy demands and makes for a more pleasant training environment.
The building’s elegant interior is an IT-rich and controlled environment where training and performance quality can be closely monitored. Wall and ceiling mounted cameras record the rowers in action, and filmed footage can be projected onto a large screen facing the tank to give instant or detailed feedback.
Winner in the ‘Design through Innovation’ category for the RICS Awards 2016
Shortlisted in the ‘Sports and Leisure’ category for the BD Architecture of the Year Awards 2016
Photographer: Joakim Boren