New £9.5m Mumbles RNLI Lifeboat Station Building Project
Monday, 25th June 2012Work will begin on a new £9.5m RNLI boathouse to be built at the end of the pier for the Mumbles lifeboat, with construction materials being brought by boat. It is to be a key feature in the restoration of the 113 year-old iconic pier which has listed status. The Mumbles lifeboat station has been in operation since 1863. The project is planned to include a hotel, apartments and a retail development and is expected to take 18 months to complete. There are also £39m proposals to for a visitor and tourist centre around the pier and Mumbles headland. Howard Richings, head of estates management for the RNLI, said: "The Mumbles is an iconic lifeboat station and, in common with the other Tamar stations completed in recent years, presents significant technical and logistical challenges. The delicate nature of the historic pier means that the materials and construction plant will be brought in by sea to a jack-up barge that will provide the craneage for the piling and building work. "An additional challenge unique to this project is the extreme tidal range - one of the biggest in the world - this will significantly affect construction of the slipway much of which lies in the inter-tidal zone and will be subjected to strong currents and rapidly changing water levels." The RNLI saves lives at sea and Original CAD Solutions supports this worthwhile charity which provides an on call 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service to end preventable loss of life at sea. To find out how you too can help support the RNLI click here.