Surrey Docks WSC

Located in Rotherhithe's Greenland Dock, Surrey Docks Watersports Centre was an existing two storey boathouse designed and built by the GLC in the 1980s and since then, has trained thousands of people in sailing, canoeing and other watersports. When the London Borough of Southwark provided £2.3 million funding to bring the centre up to current standards and increase its appeal, Buxton Building Contractors engaged WGI to support its successful OJEU bid, on the basis of the firm's sports experience.
The resulting design was for a modern, attractive and spacious environment totalling 1,400m2 - involving refurbishment of both levels of the building. A new gym, activity studios, wet and dry changing facilities and club lounge were added, as well as specialist equipment and facilities to provide full access to users with disabilities and special needs.
Surrey Docks Watersports Centre is now a flagship facility in the Borough which has attracted a four-fold increase in membership.

Date: 2009
Location: Southwark, London
Client: Buxton Const. (for LB of Southwark)
Value: £2.3m
Service: Architecture: Full Design