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28 January 2013 | Posted by Andy Thompson
Image courtesy of Bland Brown and Cole
Approval has been given for plans to build a brand new boathouse with modern facilities for Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in a project which saw Beacon Planning working in support of a design by Cambridge architects Bland, Brown + Cole to the College's brief.

The new boathouse will replace the College's existing building on Ferry Path - which is within the conservation area on the banks of the River Cam - and will be built within the footprint of the old boathouse which originates from 1878.

The work involved close liaison with Cambridge City Council and residents and saw Beacon Planning understand initial concerns raised and respond to these in a detailed Design and Access and Heritage statement which accompanied the architects' plans. The modern facilities of the new boathouse will not only meet the needs of Gonville and Caius but those of the non-college boathouse users which include town crews and those of local schools and businesses.

Speaking about the approval of the new boathouse plans, Alan Jermy, OBE, Domestic Bursar, Gonville and Caius College, said: "The persistence and expertise of Beacon Planning were of great value in bringing this difficult application to a successful conclusion."

Work is expected to begin on site this year (2013).