Rowing club leaves Chiswick Boathouse while site is redeveloped

The Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club has left Chiswick Boathouse on Dan Mason Drive, while site is redeveloped. The rowing club, which first took up residence there in 1985 is moving temporarily into University of London’s Boathouse on Hartington Road.

LB Hounslow have taken possession of the site to knock the boathouse down and build what they say will be a state-of-the-art new boathouse. The rebuilding is expected to take two years.

The Council say it has been a long held aspiration to redevelop the site as a rowing facility for the benefit and use of all Hounslow residents. The new facility will be ‘ideally situated’ to take advantage of the improved accessibility to transport links, offered by the soon-to-be-completed Barnes Bridge walkway.

The project has cross party support on Hounslow council, with Council Leader Steve Curran and Cllr John Todd, who represents Chiswick Homefields ward, supporting the development of the boathouse and the wider aspiration of improving sport and leisure facilities at Dukes Meadow.

Established in 1897, Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club has a proud heritage stretching back to the 1960s and is a keystone of the UK rowing community. Olympic medallists Sir Steve Redgrave CBE, James Cracknell OBE, and Martin Cross are just a few of the rowing stars who have raced for Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club.

Image above: University of London’s Boathouse

Rowing club will endure for years to come, say club officials

Speaking after vacating Chiswick Boathouse Nigel Brophy, the club’s Chairman, said:

“We hope to return to the new boathouse and continue our successful long-term relationship with Hounslow Council for at least another 36 years.”
The club had originally fought the Council’s plans, fearing that the site would be sold off to a private developer and they would be excluded.

Speaking on the club’s future Paul Arnold, the Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club’s Captain, said:

“Thames Tradesmen’s is one of the oldest and most successful rowing clubs on the Tideway. It has been around for 123 years and we want it to be around for another 123 years. Our ambition is to work with Hounslow Council to introduce the local community of all ages and backgrounds to the camaraderie, discipline and health benefits of this wonderful sport.”

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