We worked on the construction of the new RNLI Porthdinllaen lifeboat station In North Wales, representing the RNLI as the works supervisor. Looking after both the marine side of the construction as well as the building and civil operations on the beach where the new Tamar class Lifeboat will be housed.
Piling the Foundations of Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station
The project was very interesting from the very beginning but there have been several problematic areas encountered during the build. Not least of which was the placement of the piles both landward and seaward being driven into some of the world’s hardest Basalt volcanic rock.
Due to the site’s geographical location running next to the world famous Morfa Nefyn Golf club and the beach being located on one of the National Trusts areas of outstanding beauty as well as the National Heritage Trust having an interest in the original station and slipway, there have been many areas where everything has had to be done differently to the norm in order to keep all parties satisfied during the construction phase. The majority of materials had to be brought in by sea to avoid disturbance of the golf course from heavy haulage vehicles. For the marine construction they had to employ the use of a huge jack up platform that was as high as the surrounding cliffs.
About the Porthdinllaen Slipway
The slipway design is a thing of beauty in itself and natural stone work has been placed to reflect the image of the original slipway which was built around 1860. The building itself is as beautiful on the inside constructed from oak arched glulam beams and the local stonemasons have done a terrific job in making the building blend in to its Natural surroundings.
A 6 part series ‘Bad Achub Porthdinllaen’ (which included English subtitles) was aired om S4C. Cameras followed the RNLI volunteers for 12 months to capture a very busy, but exciting, year in the life of Porthdinllaen RNLI to show how the whole community join together to help save lives at sea.