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Opus appointed to lifeboat station design framework

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Opus has been appointed to lead the design of new lifeboat stations for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

The consultancy, recently bought by WSP, won the race to be consultant to a framework which is expected to be worth about £2.5M. The framework will cover 120 stations across the UK and will include work to modify existing buildings to house new lifeboats.

The Shannon-class lifeboats are designed to be launched and recovered from a beach, decreasing response time during emergency call outs.

Opus Fareham business director and technical director Brian Hillman said: “We are thrilled to be able to continue to support the RNLI and this commission represents over 10 years of collaboration.

“We’ve recently finished their programme of upgrades for the Tamar-class lifeboat and we are now looking forward to turning our attention to the Shannon-class vessel.”

Modification work is set to begin at RNLI Seahouses Lifeboat Station in Northumberland and a new build has been given the green light at Pwllheli, on the Llyn Peninsula in Wales.

Opus was acquired by WSP at the end of last year.

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