Screens go up as town gets set to say goodbye to station

Demolition of Scarborough's Lifeboat House underway. pic Richard Ponter 150921a
Demolition of Scarborough's Lifeboat House underway. pic Richard Ponter 150921a

Screens have gone up around Scarborough’s Lifeboat House as its demolition draws closer.

The station will be razed to the ground as the crew gets ready for its new state-of-the-art headquarters.

Since December the crew have been based out of a temporary home in the harbour as they wait for their new £3 million headquarters to be built.

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.