New Boathouse Updates
Bam Nuttall December Newsletter
RNLI Porthdinllaen have received a new Tamar class lifeboat, the introduction of which is strategically key to the RNLI’s rescue service on the northwest coast of Wales. In order to house the new boat, BAM Nuttall in conjunction with the RNLI are undertaking works to construct a new lifeboat station at Porthdinllaen.
Due to the construction of the lifeboat station, it has been necessary for us to close the public footpath which runs through Lifeboat Bay. A diversion has been created, with steps constructed to take users up to the cliff top at the south end of the lifeboat cove. Public access to the breakwater to the north of the lifeboat station is still possible. Signs have been located where necessary to inform users of the diversion. Please be aware that the lifeboat bay should not be intruded upon due to health and safety. A viewing and information hut has been erected on the cliff top by the footpath diversion. Inside the hut is a board displaying information about the works, the current progress, images and other pertinent information for public viewing.
We are fully aware of the potential for disruption that these works carry and have undertaken extensive planning works prior to our arrival on site. These include the creation of a refuge on the beach to handle all deliveries by sea in order to remove heavy traffic on local roads, and establishing a compound just outside Morfa Nefyn to house the site offices to prevent visual intrusion on the peninsula.
The work on site commenced in October 2012 and the new boathouse will be in operation from early 2014. Demolition of the boathouse, slipway, and the re-profiling of rock occurred in 2012. In early 2013, the boathouse foundation piles and walkway sheet piles were installed, along with a Ground Source Heat Pump to provide green heating for the new boathouse. In the spring, the precast concrete ground beams and slabs were placed, and the concrete columns, walls, and floors were poured. The internal and external blockwork walls and the external wall stone facing have been erected, as has the roof timbers and first floor level floors. The external studwork walls have been erected, and the windows installed. The main roof has been constructed and clad with copper, and under floor heating has been installed. We have taken commission of a crane and a large jack-up barge to act as a platform from which the installation of the slipway can be completed. A new automatic gate has been constructed at the entrance of Nefyn and District Golf Course and netting has been erected at the cliff top to prevent intrusion onto the site by golf balls.
In the next month the roof insulation and copper coating will be completed, and the internal studwork walls will be completed. The external timber walls will be prepared for the timber cladding, which will be erected in the New Year. The placing of the pre cast concrete transoms and the steel slipway sections will continue. This means that there will be underwater obstructions in the area, and divers working. Therefore it is vital that boat users, including kayaks, and swimmers keep well clear of the lifeboat bay area. We apologise in advance for any disturbance that these works may cause.
In order to minimise the period of disruption to the bay, we will be working alternate weekends. We will be working on the weekend of 14th & 15th of December. The site will experience a shut down over the Christmas Period, from 20th December until 5th January. We will limit any works creating excessive noise to daylight hours.
Once again I apologise in advance for any disturbance that these works may cause. However, should you have any questions or would like to discuss these or any other matters further please do not hesitate to contact me on 07771 913 923.
Nuttall John Martin