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New RNLI boathouse quickly taking shape in Llandudno

Lifeboats News Release

With foundations and groundworks now complete the construction of Llandudno’s new RNLI boathouse is quickly taking shape at the popular seaside town.

Residents and visitors cannot fail to see the construction of the charity’s new £2.6M lifeboat station on Llandudno’s seafront.  With the foundations, groundworks and steel frame now in place, the shell of the new boathouse will be constructed over the coming weeks in preparation for the harsh winter months.

Captain Marcus Elliot, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Llandudno RNLI said:

‘As you can imagine this is a really exciting time for all involved at Llandudno RNLI.  The Wynne Construction team have been working tirelessly since April when they started work on the Craig y Don site. Now that the foundations are complete the shell of the boathouse is quickly taking shape – we can all see the next chapter in the station’s long history developing before our eyes.’ 

Chris Wynne, Managing Director of Wynne Construction, who is responsible for the new build said:

“We are very pleased with the current progress and we are now entering the roofing phase. With the winter weather approaching and with wind being a major concern, we are conscious of the challenges ahead, but confident that we will meet the construction phase deadlines.”

Pictures were released last week of the station’s new Shannon class all-weather lifeboat, which is currently being built at the charity’s All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole.  The new lifeboat expected to be put through its paces on official sea trials later this year, ahead of taking its new place on the North Wales coast in 2017.  The new lifeboat will replace the station’s existing Mersey class lifeboat Andy Pearce, which is reaching the end of her operational life. 

The current Lloyd Street boathouse in a busy town centre is not fit for purpose, in either the facilities it offers our volunteer crew or its location. Neither is it large enough to house the new lifeboat.

Notes to editors:

The attached pictures show the latest progress on the building of the new RNLI lifeboat station in Llandudno. The first picture should be credited RNLI, the second should be credited Wynne Construction.

RNLI media contact:

For more information contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Public Relations Manager on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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