Out with the old
Golfers playing the old course of Nefyn and District Golf Club on the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales have always had a fine view of the RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat station, which nestles below the cliff just forward of the 15th tee.
The boathouse seems to exert a magnetic force on golf balls, so the roof is protected by wire netting to minimise damage to the slates from wayward shots, or those being too ambitious in cutting corners.
The RNLI has operated from the site since 1864, and the current boathouse was built in 1888.
In with the new
A new 16m, 25-knot Tamar class lifeboat arrived in Porthdinllaen in August 2012.
The new boat is larger than her predecessor, so we have to rebuild the boathouse and slipway. Until the new boathouse is built, the lifeboat will operate from a mooring in the bay.
Work on the rebuild began in October 2012, and we expect to be finished in early 2014. The remote nature of the site and land access restrictions pose significant logistical challenges for this major civil engineering and building project.
Construction will be undertaken from the beach and the sea, with most plant and materials brought in by boat. Piling and construction of the slipway will be done from a large jack-up barge that will be on site for around 20 weeks, from April 2013. A tower crane at the top of the beach, next to the site of the current boathouse, will help us build the new boathouse.
During planning, we've considered the public right of way along the coast path, and how this work might affect Nefyn and District Golf Club, whose boundaries run to the edge of the cliffs. The coast path will be temporarily diverted, and an observation point provided (out of range of golf balls!) on the cliff top to the side of the 15th hole.
Construction-related traffic along the track that crosses the golf course will be limited to light vehicles, mornings and evenings, with most plant and materials arriving by sea. We hope this will limit any effects on golfers playing the old course. There will be inevitable construction-related noise, but this should be localised, and the RNLI and the golf club will liaise to avoid interference with competitions or special events.
The project will include piling work, but this will be limited to probably no more than two piles a day, with actual driving times of only 20–30 minutes. Most of this work is programmed to take place in the Winter and early Spring of 2013, and for a short period in early Summer 2013.
The new boathouse at Porthdinllaen will help save lives for 50 to 80 years. And we hope it will remain a notable point for walkers on the coast path, and a feature, but not a target, for nearby golfers.