Penlee Lifeboat Station
The two storey building has been designed to respond to its working harbour setting. Within a Conservation Area and in a prominent waterfront location, the scheme reflects the nature of the surrounding timber-clad buildings. Varying widths of Siberian Larch cladding have been used to provide interest to the elevations; this will ‘silver’ over time and the building will further blend in to its surroundings. The architectural form was carefully considered; a mono-pitch roof allows for large windows which provide operational views across the water towards St Michael’s Mount and beyond. The scheme also includes a number of renewable energy features, in common with other modern stations, including solar PV panels and a ground source heat pump linked to the underfloor heating.
The powerful and poignant history of the RNLI in Penlee meant there is considerable local and national interest in the station. An exciting build, attention to architectural detail, quality of work on site and great relationships between all those involved has resulted in a hugely successful project and building for the volunteer crew.