RNLI Llandudno Lifeboat Station
Located on Llandudno’s iconic exposed storm beach, to the east of the town’s famous Victorian promenade, is a brand new RNLI lifeboat station.
Feasibility studies for the project were first carried out in 2011 but it wasn’t until spring 2016 that construction began. The station was completed in summer 2017 and represents the culmination of two decades of efforts by the RNLI to modernise the search and rescue capability of Llandudno.
The two storey building comprises two boathouses and a crew facility block across 580 square metres. It was designed by Studio Four Architects and built by contractors Wynne Construction.
The building is clad with Welsh limestone and Siberian larch, under a natural copper inverted roof. It has a steel frame, with part masonry and part timber frame.
The decision to use predominantly natural materials was developed to compliment the site. A new sea wall and rock revetment was also constructed to protect the building from the worst of the sea.
System Electrical Ltd is an electrical contractor providing all aspects of electric works including fire & security and data services. Working on the RNLI Llandudno lifeboat station project, System Electrical Ltd was responsible for contract management, co-ordinating with the client team to ensure all aspects of the electrical services were installed in accordance with the particular requirements of the RNLI.
System Electrical Ltd Managing Director, Stephen Parry-Jones, said: “The project presented a unique opportunity to work closely with the RNLI on a challenging and rewarding scheme.”
The location of the station was only possible due to the Shannon class lifeboat. The exposed beach would have previously been considered too extreme an environment but the Shannon’s launch and recovery made the site feasible.
The project was recognised earlier this year at the RICS Wales Awards, receiving nominations in the ‘Community Benefit’, ‘Infrastructure’ and ‘Tourism & Leisure’ categories.
The new lifeboat station officially opened in October 2017 and a service of dedication to name the station’s Shannon and D-class lifeboats was also held. The £2.2M Shannon class lifeboat – William F Yates – was funded thanks to a number of donors. The all-weather lifeboat was named by Peter Forster-Dean, executor of the Gladys Yates estate in memory of William Frederick Marple Yates. Both Mr Yates and his wife Gladys were both born in Widnes, Lancashire but had great affection for Llandudno.
The station’s D-class lifeboat – Dr Barbara Saunderson – was presented to the charity by the brother of the late Dr Saunderson, Brian Saunderson. Dr Saunderson was a life-long supporter of the RNLI who regularly popped into the station to enjoy a cup of tea and a chat with the lifeboat crew.
Studio Four Architects
Founded in 1992, Studio Four Architects is an award-winning practice with offices in Romsey, Southampton and Winchester. The company has worked across a wide variety of projects in multiple sectors, from education and healthcare to housing and leisure. To find out more, please visit www.studiofourarchitects.com.
Celtic Heritage Construction & Stonemasonry
Celtic Heritage Construction & Stonemasonry specialise in all aspects of stonework including new build & restoration work and retaining wall structures, including allan block and gabion baskets. The company has been in operation for 18 years and within this time has worked on a range of prestigious projects including various new schools, a number of train station renovations and three RNLI stations.
The first two RNLI stations were Moelfre in Anglesey and Porthdinllaen in Pwllheli, under the direction of BAM Nuttal. Most recently, Celtic Heritage Construction & Stonemasonry has been involved with RNLI Llandudno for Wynne’s Construction, completing all of the site’s masonry work.
Richard Selwyn Pritchard, Celtic Heritage Construction & Stonemasonry, said:
“It has been a privilege to work on these projects for RNLI – we truly valued our involvement with all of these schemes.”
“At Celtic Heritage Construction & Stonemasonry we pride ourselves on the quality of our workmanship, always ensuring we deliver exactly what our clients require.”