New Boathouse Updates
Bam Nuttall March 2014 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.
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 included 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.
We are now nearing the completion of the lifeboat station, with the finishing touches to be completed, as well as work on the foot path around the building. The new boathouse is a two storey building, with the ground floor constructed from concrete and blockwork, and clad in stonework. The first floor is built from timber, and the roof is clad in copper. The groundfloor of the boathouse will house the lifeboat itself, along with the equipment for refuelling, washing and maintaining the boat, a workshop for the mechanic, and a room for the small D class lifeboat to be stored. The first floor contains a viewing gallery for the public, as well as the crew changing room, washroom facilities, office and crewroom. The slipway is founded on tubular steel piles, topped with concrete crossheads, upon which the steel slipway sections are secured. Please be aware that the new slipway extends further into the bay than the old slipway, and take appropriate care. A new automatic gate was constructed at the entrance of Nefyn and District Golf Course and netting was erected at the cliff top to prevent intrusion onto the site by golf balls.
The Jack-up barge, which was in use as a platform from which we built the slipway, will be removed from the bay shortly. We apologise in advance for any disturbance that these works may cause.
Due to tidal works and the large number of activities on site, we will be working every weekend. 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