Work starts on new boathouse
Tuesday 8 Sep 2020
Work has started on building a new lifeboat station for Wells RNLI at Wells next the Sea.
Completion is expected in 2022 and the new Wells Shannon class lifeboat, which was part funded by a successful local campaign in 2014-2015 and part by the Civil Service charity The Lifeboat Fund, will arrive in Wells shortly afterwards.
The new, bigger boathouse is required to house the Shannon class lifeboat which will replace the now 30 year old current Mersey Class lifeboat 12-003 Doris M Mann of Ampthill. With the RNLI's newest, purpose-built Shannon lifeboat, the rescue service provided by the volunteer crew at Wells will be using the best equipment available to make their job safer, faster and more effective. The boathouse will be located beside the beach bank near the Beach Café and the Coastwatch hut and will replace the old boathouse which is more than 125 years old.
The RNLI and Wells Lifeboat Station will be working closely with the contractors, JT Mackley and Reside Construction, the Port of Wells and Holkham Estate to ensure that safe access to the beach and the car park is maintained for members of the public throughout the project.
Artist's impression of new boathouse for Wells RNLI
A solitary stick marks the approximate south-east corner of the site where the new lifeboat station will be built
Piling survey on the beach where the ALB ramp will come down from the new boathouse
Crew members and station officials, past and present, on the beach at the start of building work