About the project

We have recently submitted a Planning Application on behalf of the RNLI to North Norfolk District Council for a new building to replace the existing Wells-next-the-Sea lifeboat station.  Studio Four submitted Planning to NNDC whilst environmental consultants Royal Haskoning DHV simultaneously lodged a Marine License Application with the Marine Management Organisation.

The site is located in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), North Norfolk Coast (National) Landscape Character Area and on the North Norfolk Heritage Coast.  It is also within The Wash and North Norfolk Coast Special Area of Conservation (SAC), North Norfolk Coast SAC, Greater Wash Potential Special Protection Area (pSPA) and North Norfolk Coast Special Protection Area (SPA) and Ramsar.  A comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment was therefore required, in addition to a Flood Risk Assessment and a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment.  All the reports were included in the Environmental Statement which accompanied the applications.

The proposed station provides modern crew facilities including a larger Crew/ Operational Room, Training Room, Changing Room and Workshop. The new station will also house a Visitor Engagement area and Souvenir Outlet allowing the RNLI to convey the sea safety message to the many visitors in this extremely busy tourist location.

The contemporary two-storey building is to be located adjacent to the footpath to the main beaches at Wells. With features in line with current RNLI operational standards and high energy efficiency including a ground-source heat-pump, it will be timber-clad with curved barrel stepping roofs and large windows enabling the RNLI crew to survey the miles of sandy beaches, the harbour channel and the extensive salt marshes beyond.

It will be replacing the existing Wells lifeboat station which was badly flooded in December 2013 as can be seen here in a video shot from the bow of the Mersey-class lifeboat which was in the Boathouse at the time.

For more information and local reactions, click here

Other projects…

RNLI Selsey lifeboat station

A shannon-class lifeboat station on behalf of the RNLI at Selsey in West Sussex.

RNLI Llandudno

Planning permission has now been granted for a new lifeboat station at Llandudno in North Wales.

St. Andrews, Basingstoke

Categories: Acute Healthcare | Primary Healthcare | Education | Community | Private...

RNLI Lifeboat Station, Hayling Island

The existing station, on the east coast of Hayling Island and in an SSSI, was substantially extended with the new cedar-clad Boat House.

Sailing Club, Southampton

Our Southampton office were asked to prepare a feasibility for the replacement of the existing sailing club on Southampton water, adjacent to a public park.

Houghton Church

Studio Four Specialist Projects have undertaken a feasibility study for all saints church in Houghton and have produced designs for a new extension and alterations to the internal arrangement of the church.

Naomi House

Naomi House and jacksplace provide hospice care for children and young adults in purpose-built but separate facilities on the outskirts of Sutton Scotney.

Smile Centre, Waterlooville

Completed on site in July 2014, the Smile Centre in Waterlooville is a purpose built respite short break facility to provide respite care for disabled children and their families

Avenue St Andrews Church

The scheme includes the construction of a new entrance concourse towards the front of the site linking the main church building and the Avenue Hall, and extensive internal refurbishment of the Avenue Hall.

RNLI Wells-next-the-Sea

Categories: Acute Healthcare | Primary Healthcare | Education | Community | Private...

The Gallery


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

   CIAT Logo