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CGI makes Cornwall lifeboat station a reality

Plans for a new £6M lifeboat station at The Lizard in Cornwall moved forward last week with the help of a computer generated image (CGI) film to capture the full essence of the project.

With plans for the lifeboat station submitted to the local authority late last month, the CGI movie has already played a significant role in helping decision makers grasp the concept of the new building and view it in a geographical and working context.

The film was created by CGI and animation expert Tigerx for designer Royal Haskoning, architect Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole and client RNLI. "What we have shown is a host of weather conditions, from torrential night time downpours to bright Cornish sunshine," said Tigerx managing director Dougie Cross.

"The concept of the film was to show the actual structure as secondary to the main selling point, which was the RNLI itself." The new station is designed to hold a Tamar Class all-weather lifeboat, which will replace the Tyne Class boat.

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