Lifeboat house starts to take shape as steel frame is erected

Scarborough's new RNLI Lifeboathouse  construction  continues. pic Richard Ponter 155006
Scarborough's new RNLI Lifeboathouse construction continues. pic Richard Ponter 155006

The outline of Scarborough’s new lifesaving base has started to take shape.

Work began earlier this year when the RNLI’s former lifeboat station was demolished as the crew prepare to welcome its new £1.5 million Shannon-class lifeboat.

The new £3 million station is being built to accommodate the vessel which will replace the all-weather Mersey class lifeboat Fanny Victoria Wilkinson, which is nearing the end of its life.

Until the new state-of-the-art base is completed the service’s volunteers are operating from a temporary base in Scarborough Harbour.

A spokesman from the RNLI said: “The main launch ramp has now been completed.

“The erection of the frame will be complete by the end of this week.

“The team will then be focusing on completing the outside of the building, this will include the masonry work to the external and internal walls, and the other façade materials.

“The public should be able to see the completion of the first floor structure prior to the building becoming fully enclosed.

“The aim is to be weather tight by spring and completion is due in the summer of 2016.”

When the 74-year-old lifeboat house closed its doors for the final time, the occasion was marked by crew members past and present.

The new lifeboat station has been designed by long-established York architects Brierley Groom, who have considerable experience on RNLI projects, and is expected to take around a year to build.

It will offer the necessary extra space required to store the larger Shannon class lifeboat and her bespoke Supacat vehicle, and will also upgrade the volunteer crew’s facilities with extra space for lifesaving training and a drying room for their kit. It includes a purpose-built workshop and storage space, both necessary to support the Shannon class lifeboat.

A space will also be created to enable the charity’s lifeguards to store their equipment for their summer safety patrols.