The new Penlee RNLI lifeboat station is starting to take shape as the timber frame is constructed. The process, which will take about three weeks to complete, will give the crew and community a sense of the size and shape of the new building.
Work began on site during July with contractors Symons Construction establishing the site compound and diverting existing services to clear the footprint for the new building. The old station was demolished, before piling work began to establish the foundations for the new building. The concrete slab foundation was poured a couple of weeks ago.
RNLI coastal infrastructure engineer Ben Holtaway says people can expect to see a lot of activity and equipment around the site over the coming weeks.
He said: “Visible progress during the initial phase of the build often seems slow, but this is a really busy and important time for the contractors as they work to establish a solid base on which to build.
“With the foundations and slab laid, the erection of the timber frame is a really exciting stage as we now start to see some progress above ground. The contractors will initially build up the brick work around the bottom of the building before a crane arrives on site to begin hoisting the panels, which have been constructed in the workshop in St Ives, into place piece by piece.
“The whole process will take around three weeks with the community able to see the building start to take shape day by day. The crew and other Penlee volunteers will see their station start to become a reality.”
The volunteer crew are continuing to operate from their temporary accommodation adjacent to the old inshore lifeboat station at the southern end of the Newlyn Harbour.
RNLI Coxswain Patch Harvey said: “The new station will be very much part of the local community who have donated generously towards the cost of the build. It will be great for us all to see the building come together before Christmas and fascinating to watch.”