Demolition of the current Penlee lifeboat began this week making way for the new multi-purpose facility.
A number of crew and volunteers from Penlee RNLI were at the site on Wednesday morning to watch the building come down and witness the start of the next phase towards the new station being realised.
Designed by architects Studio Four Ltd, the new two-storey station will provide a larger crew room, training room, changing room and workshop, along with a visitor engagement area.
It is hoped the new facility will be operational next summer.
Penlee’s old lifeboat station was built in 1983 as a temporary measure but, 34 years on, was deemed no longer fit for purpose. It was cleared out ahead of demolition and the volunteer crew have moved into the temporary accommodation adjacent to the old inshore lifeboat building at the southern end of the Newlyn Harbour car park. They will operate from here throughout the rest of the build.
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.
At about 10am on Wednesday subcontractors Gilpin Demolition began the process of taking down the current lifeboat station making way for the new building.
Penlee RNLI chair Janet Madron said: “We are thrilled to see that the building of our new lifeboat station has taken a big step in the right direction. We couldn’t have reached this stage without the amazing support of our local community and beyond - a huge thank you to all our fundraisers, to our generous donors, and to everyone who has donated to the Penlee Lifeboat Station Appeal. Another chapter in Penlee’s long history has begun.”
Penlee Coxswain Patch Harvey said: “We are all looking forward to seeing the start of the new build which will give us a much improved, purpose built lifeboat station. The crew will have first class changing and training facilities, and the addition of a Visitors Centre will enable us to share important RNLI safety messages and the long and meritorious history of Penlee Lifeboat Station.”