Robert Adams is the Director in charge of waterside building specialists, Adams and Collingwood Architects, responsible for the dramatic new structure nestling among poplars on the banks of the River Stour near Blandford Forum. His late father Brian ‘Beak’ Lemesle Adams, also a Bryanston pupil who became an architect, helped build the school’s old boathouse in the 1930s. That was replaced by two other buildings, which, in turn, have made way for the new structure.

Bryanston School boathouse

Bryanston School's new boathouse - photo Graham Elliot

Robert, a keen rower in his time at the school, said: “The site is fantastic, and has strong memories and associations for many Bryanstonians. The scale of the river here is quite modest, but the brief required a fairly large volume of boat storage, as well as a smaller amount of training and spectator space. Our challenge was to play down the size of the building, while strongly relating it to the river and this very special spot.”

With space for 72 eights, fours, double sculls and sculls, plus 100 canoes and kayaks, as well as maintenance workshops, an ergo hall and a spectacular multi-purpose clubroom with viewing deck, the new boathouse will give future generations of Bryanstonians unrivalled facilities in which to develop their passion for the water.