The Thames Eyot Boathouse has stood beside the river at Twickenham since the 1870s. It is now listed Grade II and is on the Historic England Buildings at Risk Register as an unusual surviving deep water boathouse. Caroe Architecture have recently been appointed by the Environment Trust to carry out a condition survey and feasibility study to look at potential new uses with The Morton Partnership, structural engineers, Focus Consultants for cost advice and Ingham Pinnock Associates providing business planning. The project is also being supported by Historic England, the Pilgrim Trust, and the Civic Pride Fund.
The project presents some unusual challenges, not least in arranging and planning the surveys. The River Thames remains tidal up-river as far as Teddington, however in this section the extent of the tidal range is constrained by Richmond Lock to keep the river navigable all day long – so the boathouse never completely empties of water, even at low tide!