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Penlee RNLI volunteers share exciting news about new station plans

Lifeboats News Release

The Penlee lifeboat crew are pleased to reveal that the RNLI has recently submitted a planning application for a new station building in Newlyn. This application marks the next stage of the charity’s upgrade to provide modern crew facilities at Newlyn Harbour.

Studio Four Architects Ltd

The planned Penlee RNLI lifeboat station 3D image.

The proposed new station will house a larger crew/operational room, training room, changing room and workshop, along with a visitor engagement area. This will allow the RNLI to convey its sea safety messages to locals and visitors alike, and will be constructed to allow greater community use of its facilities.

The contemporary two-storey building will be located on the same site as the existing station, which will operate from temporary facilities during construction. It will have features in line with current RNLI operational standards and will be highly energy efficient, with solar panels featuring on the harbour side canopy. The building will be timber clad with a monopitch roof and large timber windows, enabling the RNLI to survey Newlyn Harbour and well out south and east into Mount’s Bay and beyond.

Penlee’s current lifeboat station in Newlyn was built in 1983 as a temporary measure but unfortunately, 34 years on, it is no longer fit for purpose. With approximately 25 volunteer crew and additional shore crew as well as fundraisers using the building, there is an urgent need for more space.

The development has been welcome as ‘another big step in the right direction’ by the volunteer crew.

RNLI notes to editors

The enclosed photographs show:

  • The proposed Penlee RNLI lifeboat station 3D image. Please credit Studio Four Architects Ltd.
  • The Penlee RNLI all-weather lifeboat Ivan Ellen and inshore lifeboat Mollie and Ivor Dent. Please credit RNLI/Penlee.
  • The current Penlee RNLI lifeboat station at Newlyn. Please credit RNLI/Penlee.
  • The Penlee RNLI volunteer crew in the current small changing room. Please credit RNLI/Chris Yacoubian.

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The current Penlee RNLI lifeboat station at Newlyn.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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