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September 2016 saw the official opening of The Combined Colleges Boathouse, which Leys rowers share with Churchill, King’s and Selwyn Colleges. Located on the north side of the River Cam, the two-storey boathouse designed by RH Partnership architects replaced a 1960s boathouse and in 2017 it was awarded an RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) East award for architectural excellence. The renewal of the lease on the site at the end of 2013 acted as the catalyst for the redevelopment by the four clubs and the start of The Leys Boathouse Campaign in 2014.
The Combined Colleges Boathouse boasts state-of-the-art storage and workshop for the boats, changing facilities suitable for boys and girls, a fitness area with 16 rowing machines, a kitchen, and a social room leading on to a balcony with views over the river.
The riverside reception was attended by many friends and benefactors of The Leys who have supported the School’s campaign to meet the costs of its share of the £4 million development. Steve Trapmore MBE, Olympic Gold medallist in the coxed eights at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and chief coach of Cambridge University Boat Club, was guest of honour.
Richard Armstrong, who started the school’s first Boat Club in 1961 attended the opening and raised a toast to: “the wonderful new boathouse and all those who have contributed.” Also present was Tom Hoffman, who was one of the pioneering group of Leys rowers.
The Leys Development Office would like to thank everybody who contributed to the Boathouse campaign, especially following so soon after the completion of Great Hall.