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After considering a number of options, the college finally decided on a 350 sq. m. unit approximately. Due to the large volume of members and boats and the frequency of rowing practice, the boats had to be stored in such a way to allow them to be directly accessible. 5 No. 2.4 metre wide sliding doors were therefore installed in one side; this is easily done in a 2.5-metre section modular framework and would allow for easy access to the boats for the athletes.
Being one of the most successful rowing schools in the UK, Eton has a strong record in competition events and many of their pupils have gone on to be selected for junior, senior and Olympic crews, including Sir Matthew Pinsent, Ed Coode and Andrew Lindsay who are all gold medalists.
Many of their club activities have moved onto Eton’s very own, world-class Dorney Lake, which has hosted 18 national and international events and holds various conferences throughout the year, has their own team of caterers on site and is a great space for team building activities. However, many activities still take place on the three stretches of the Thames which surrounds the school. Therefore, the boat store was erected next to the river Thames. There were a few minor access and anchoring issues which had to be solved due to the ground potentially being on the soft side to ensure the maximum stability. The specification and number of anchors were adapted and extra caution was taken to access site with the required plant (all terrain boom lift and telehandler).
The store remained in place for 18 months as planned before finally being removed in June 2014 after the completion of Eton’s refurbishment.