About the project

Studio Four were approached by the RNLI to assist with the relocation of Margate lifeboat station.  The existing station had been adapted over the years to house the current lifeboats but was extremely cramped owing to the significant advances that have occurred in lifeboat technology since the building was originally constructed.  Margate lifeboat station currently sits ‘behind’ the new Turner Contemporary and the launch route, around the Turner frontage, is difficult and time consuming.  The Mersey-class all-weather lifeboat (ALB) is also due to be replaced by a modern, more capable Shannon-class, which is part of the RNLI’s strategic plan to have all ALB’s capable of 25 knots.

The proposed lifeboat station sits elevated above Margate beach outside the flood defences and the new flood defence wall, which wraps around the new building, forms a key element of the scheme.  The dynamic pair of mono-pitch standing seam roofs over the vertically timber clad facades creates a simple seafront building nestled in the sweep of Margate bay.  The busy tourist beach also has an RNLI lifeguard unit, which will now share the new building with space for the lifeguard’s vehicle, boat and other equipment.

Margate itself is undergoing major regeneration in the form of the new flood defences, Margate Turner Contemporary, the Dreamland complex and, it is hoped, the new lifeboat station will continue this process.

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Tollgate Estates
Stanbridge Earls
SO51 0HE

01794 511 255


Sherwood House
8 Upper High Street
SO23 8UT

01962 820 255


1-3 Lyon Street,
SO14 0LD

023 8022 8923

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