Plans lodged for £3.5m lifeboat station

Plans lodged for £3.5m lifeboat station

DESIGN: The boathouse

CAUSE: Fundraising

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PLANS for Swanage RNLI’s new £3.5million lifeboat station have been lodged with district officials.

The base is needed to house the charity’s £1.5million Shannon Class lifeboat, which is the latest jet-propelled vessel in the RNLI’s fleet and is expected to arrive in Swanage in 2016.

The 25-knot all weather Shannon is larger than Swanage’s current Mersey Class Robert Charles lifeboat, which is nearing the end of its operational life.

Purbeck District Council’s planning department will now consider the proposals for the new lifeboat base, which – if agreed – will replace the existing boathouse in Peveril Point Road, which has been used by the RNLI for 138 years.

RNLI divisional operations manager Richard Weeks said: “The new lifeboat station plans were conceived not only to provide the extra space needed to accommodate the new Shannon lifeboat, but also to upgrade the volunteer crew’s facilities to a standard befitting the next generation of lifesavers.”

In July, last year, an appeal was launched to help fund the new station, which will also include a mechanic workshop, training room and office space.

Two months ago lifeboat fundraisers celebrated collecting more than half of the £200,000 they need to secure for the new boathouse. A substantial legacy will provide a large contribution towards the cost of the building. Mr Weeks said: “The building will also utilise the latest eco-friendly technology, including a ground source heat recovery system.”

Swanage RNLI operations manager Neil Hardy said the crew were “very excited” about the plans.

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4:20pm Mon 5 May 14

topofall says...

Three and half million for a boat shed? Must have money to waste!
Three and half million for a boat shed? Must have money to waste! topofall
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4:27pm Mon 5 May 14

SeafaringMan says...

topofall wrote:
Three and half million for a boat shed? Must have money to waste!
Pr4t!
[quote][p][bold]topofall[/bold] wrote: Three and half million for a boat shed? Must have money to waste![/p][/quote]Pr4t! SeafaringMan
  • Score: 5

6:10pm Mon 5 May 14

Yankee1 says...

Surely the money should come from the landlubbers who rashly buy boats they cannot handle, and canoers who should know better.

Having said that, there is nothing but excellence from the whole Swanage boathouse team. So give them this, and we can work out the financing later.

But I would expect a nice cheque from Sunseeker. And a few others. It would be good PR.
Surely the money should come from the landlubbers who rashly buy boats they cannot handle, and canoers who should know better. Having said that, there is nothing but excellence from the whole Swanage boathouse team. So give them this, and we can work out the financing later. But I would expect a nice cheque from Sunseeker. And a few others. It would be good PR. Yankee1
  • Score: 3

8:43pm Mon 5 May 14

Mindvor says...

Come on Navitus, an opportunity too good to miss! You could even offer to power it FOC once you've helped fund it ;)
Of course you'll still be accused of back-handers/bribery etc by those determined to see you fail but, by heck, wont it p### off the NIMBYs...and that's gotta be worth a few quid :)
Come on Navitus, an opportunity too good to miss! You could even offer to power it FOC once you've helped fund it ;) Of course you'll still be accused of back-handers/bribery etc by those determined to see you fail but, by heck, wont it p### off the NIMBYs...and that's gotta be worth a few quid :) Mindvor
  • Score: 2

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