Saving Lives at Sea

TNG is honoured to provide full-duties detail design for two exciting new RNLI lifeboat stations.

Lifeboat Stations

The first in Newlyn, Cornwall, will replace the existing Penlee lifeboat station. The new 2-storey construction, designed by Studio Four Architects, shall be constructed on the existing site. It will provide much-needed additional space for the team.

Once constructed, the new lifeboat station will feature large high-level windows that will help the RNLI to survey Newlyn Harbour and well beyond.

This project is due to start on site in the spring 2018, and work is already underway in our office.


The second project will provide a new-build lifeboat station and boathouse at the RNLI Wells–next–the–Sea facility, located on the North Norfolk coast of England.

The new boathouse will be built to house the station’s newly acquired Shannon-class lifeboat and her launching carriage. The new boathouse will also accommodate the Wells’ inshore lifeboat, crew and workshop facilities.

Shannon Lifeboat

The Shannon lifeboat will replace the existing Wells’ Mersey-class lifeboat, Doris M Mann of Ampthill, which is nearing the end of its RNLI service life. The new Shannon-class vessel is designed to reach emergencies more quickly and more safely than its predecessor. It is the first RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by waterjets rather than conventional propellers. These give the craft speed, shallow draft and unmatched agility whilst still being able to cope with the roughest conditions.

Virtual Modelling

The Wells-next-the-Sea project shall run concurrently with the Penlee scheme, with both lifeboat stations due to hand-over this time next year. Both schemes will be delivered utilising 3D design models in order to construct the builds virtually during the design stage. This will support the smooth and efficient construction of both facilities and reduce the risk of any on-site delays.

Robust and Efficient

Visits to site have been a pleasure; the scenery in both locations is stunning. However, the excellent but serious work carried out in order to save lives, is never far from our minds.

We are honoured to be able to help provide robust and efficient facilities that will enable the crew perform to the very best of their ability.

We will be pleased to provide updates on both project as they progress.

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