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Dover RNLI to Move to New Lifeboat Station in December 2023

Lifeboats News Release

As part of Port of Dover's Western Docks redevelopment, the new station will be built at the end of the new Marina Curve and the new location offers both unique public access as well as a speedy exit for Dover's Severn class all-weather lifeboat.

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The new station will be completed at the tail end of December 2023 and will replace the existing station on Crosswall Quay which was built in 2000. Designed by Studio 4 architects and built by Kent-based Walker Construction Ltd, the sustainable and environmentally friendly built Glulam timber-framed station will incorporate the latest in ground source heating and PV panelling.

According to outgoing Coxswain, Jon Miell:

'The build of a new station at Dover epitomises the importance of the Dover RNLI crew in helping safeguard shipping in the busiest shipping lane in the world. This state-of-the-art station will ensure that we have the shore facilities capable to support the lifesaving work of our all-weather lifeboat

The new facilities will include a larger shop and public engagement space, a briefing room, larger and improved changing facilities, crew room and offices.

The new station will ensure that Dover RNLI have the facilities to support lifesaving work in the Channel for the coming decades.

RNLI media contacts

  • Nic Cobb, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Dover RNLI [email protected] / 07514350439

  • Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer, London and South East 07785 296252 [email protected]

  • For enquiries outside normal business hours contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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