Commissioning authority: Royal National Lifeboat Institute
Principal designer: Royal Haskoning
Principal contractor: Nuttall John Martin
The design and construction team for this project worked hard to overcome huge access and environmental issues to create an impressive new home for the latest Tamar-class lifeboats in Padstow, Cornwall.
As the construction was in the surf zone, timing of deliveries and of work was crucial. High tides would completely submerge the site, which led to a jack-up barge having to be used for 40 of the 74 weeks of the project.
The harsh environment also dictated that materials should be chosen wisely to meet the needs of durability, sustainability and deliverability. However, client RNLI also specified that the new £5.5 million facility must be sympathetic to the contours of the landscape, which required innovative engineering and design solutions.
The team worked together to overcome the considerable challenges posed by the project, producing a design that was not just buildable but that worked in harmony with its environment – a Site of Special Scientific Interest and close to a lobster hatchery which forms a vital part of the local economy.
The result is an outstanding building that will serve the community for decades to come and that fits seamlessly with the rugged and beautiful surroundings of the north Cornish coastline.
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