Porthdinllean Lifeboat Station

One of our secondees Adrian Whalley, worked on the construction of the new lifeboat station RNLI Porthdinllaen In North Wales, where the new Tamar class Lifeboat will be housed. Representing the RNLI as the works supervisor, he was responsible for the marine construction as well as onshore building and civil operations.

Several problematic areas were encountered during the build, notably  the placement of the landward and seaward piles which were driven into some of the world’s hardest Basalt volcanic rock. The majority of materials were brought in by sea to avoid disturbance of the golf course from heavy haulage vehicles and for the marine construction a huge jack up platform was employed that was as high as the surrounding cliffs.

The slipway design included  natural stone work to reflect the image of the original slipway which was built in 1860. The interior of the building had as much attention; constructed from oak arched glulam beams,  local stonemasons did  a terrific job in making the building blend into its natural surroundings.

A 6 part series ‘Bad Achub Porthdinllaen’ (which included English subtitles) was aired on S4C. Cameras followed RNLI volunteers for 12 months to capture a very busyyear in the life of Porthdinllaen RNLI to show how the whole community join together to help save lives at sea.