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RNLI Wells-next-the-Sea Lifeboat station completion

We are thrilled to announce that we recently completed the new lifeboat station at Wells-next the Sea, North Norfolk. It has been a privilege to work on a project that is so fundamental to life in Wells-next-the-Sea.

Construction began in September 2020 and continued throughout the pandemic, experiencing periods of material shortages and various restrictions. Ultimately the team managed to successfully adapt to these challenges and are very proud of the finished article. The initial heavy civils phase including the ramps were being carried out by Mackley, with the building works carried out by Reside Construction Ltd.

The lifeboat station is located adjacent to the footpath to the main beaches at Wells and is erected on dredged material from the harbour, with a primary structure consisting of a glulam frame. The building is clad in Siberian Larch timber atop a bathstone masonry plinth with large windows enabling the RNLI crew to survey the miles of sandy beaches, the harbour channel and the extensive salt marshes beyond. The station has features in line with current RNLI operational standards and high energy efficiency, including a ground-source heat-pump, The Visitor Engagement area and Souvenir Outlet will allow the RNLI to convey the sea safety message to the many visitors at this extremely busy tourist beach location.

The new state-of-the-art lifeboat station houses the inshore lifeboat and the new all-weather Shannon-class lifeboat which has been named after the late Duke of Edinburgh.
The Shannon-class lifeboat was also part of the Launch a memory campaign which allowed the public to have names of loved ones placed on the craft. The names have also been replicated as part of the bespoke furniture which now resides on the south apron of the building.


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