Burns Bay just off the Lane Cove River has been the site of flurried and methodical building activity this year.
Beginning in February Adco Constructions, the contractor for the new Sydney University boatshed, moved into the site and began demolishing the foundations of the old boatshed destroyed by fire in March 2006. The also removed 15 old piles as they cleared the site for the new construction.
April and May saw extensive piling as 38 new piles were driven and/or screwed into the bedrock of Burns Bay to support the new boatshed. Late May saw the main shed slab and boating apron poured over the piles and headstocks. This was followed quickly by the shed walls which were a plastic wall construction filled with reinforcing and cement.
The second-floor base pour soon followed and the outline of the shed started to take shape. Four large 4.1-metre clearance bays face southeast down Burns Bay onto a large 30 meters by an average 15-metre apron. Racking from Lowe and Hennessy was installed in July / August to be able to accommodate 6 eights , 12 fours, 24 pairs and 60 single sculls plus oars, riggers and speedboats.
The second floor was added August and September consisting of two wings connected by an open deck. The northern wing contains men's and women's change room/shower facilities and the southern wing contains two multipurpose rooms for club activities, a small kitchen, storerooms and coach office.
A large breezeway runs between the two wings in a large V shape and opens towards the eastern side into a full verandah. This whole area is about sixty percent undercover from extending roof eaves and is covered in recycled tallow wood.
A long ramp runs from the carpark to the top level and a path and steps give access to the pontoon apron and to a small public jetty suitable for launching kayaks and canoes.
From the main boating apron a 5.25-metre gangway gives access to a 20 x 10-metre pontoon floating on hidden telescopic piles. Fenders and ladders are placed along the southeastern corners of the boating apron for tying up speedboats and accessing the apron from speedboats. In the corner of the apron is a hydraulic lift crane for taking speedboats in and out of the water.
On the northern side of the boatshed a stairway runs from between the men's and women's change rooms down into the boatshed. This stairway has a wheelchair lift installed.
The adjoining park has been relandscaped to define parking areas and to create a loop road that allows vehicles and trailers exiting the boatshed easier access out of Linley Park onto Burns Bay Rd.
The new Sydney University Boat Club Boatshed is nearing completion with final owner inspections anticipated around 23-25th November.
Ten years after our shed was destroyed by fire the Boat Club will return to the Lane Cove River.