We have recently obtained Planning Permission, on behalf of the RNLI, for a new state-of-the-art lifeboat station at Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk. The building will house the inshore lifeboat and also the new all-weather Shannon-class lifeboat as part of national programme to replace all Mersey-class lifeboats nearing end of life and create a 25 knot capable all-weather lifeboat fleet. The new station will provide modern crew facilities including a larger Crew/ Operational Room, Training Room, Changing Room and Workshop. A Visitor Engagement area and Souvenir Outlet will be open to the public, allowing the RNLI to convey the sea safety message to the many visitors at this extremely busy tourist beach location. Detailed design, fully modelled in Revit by Studio Four and the design team, is well underway and construction will follow this.
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.