The Civil Service Boathouse was constructed on Duks's Meadows in the 1930s and is currently home to both Cygnet RC and our sister club Barnes Bridge Ladies RC. The building was designed specifically for rowing and is still dedicated exclusively to the sport, including the boating hard which is shared with Emmanuel School BC next door.
The building is somewhat 'upside down' with boat shop for the fleet is at river level and the rest accommodation below. This include his and hers changing rooms, showers and toilets, plus a shared kitchen, club room and licensed bar. The bar was added in the 1950s and was dug out under the boat ramp! A dedicated gym was added in 2004 as a separate single storey building behind the main boat house.
The building has undergone many changes over the years but overall remains essentially the same as it was when it was built in the 1930s. Major changes include the construction of the rather ugly but necessary flood defence wall in the 1970s, completely revamped toilet and shower facilities in the 1980s and the addition of roller shutters in the 1990s. In 2008 the bar and clubroom underwent a comprehensive remodelling and the whole place was redecorated in 2014.
The next project is to replace the boat and blade racking in the boat shop.
The boat house is managed on behalf of both clubs by a separate committee called the Boathouse Executive