Wynne Construction is back on track to complete the RNLI facility in Pwllheli after pausing work at the end of March due to COVID-19. We are now gaining pace on the £2.4m project whilst adhering to the Welsh Government’s latest guidance and regulations.
Located next to the award-winning Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre, Plas Heli, built by Wynne Construction in 2015 and within the town’s marina, the lifeboat station, which was originally scheduled to finish in August, is now expected to be ready in September 2020.
Wynne Construction has completed the curved copper roof, which incorporates as many local and sustainable materials as possible, including local timber boarding and stonework. It is fitted with ground source heating to heat water, and PV panels on the roof to generate electricity for lighting.
It is now in the process of removing the scaffolding to build the lower roofs and commence on the framing to the upper walls.
The new structure will provide improved facilities for the volunteer crew. The boathouse will also include a souvenir outlet and a public viewing area for the lifeboat.
Bryn Roberts, site manager for Wynne Construction said: “We’re pleased to have the opportunity to be involved with the RNLI at Pwllheli as it’s such a rewarding and satisfying project to work on. Every scheme presents a different set of challenges and without doubt, this will be rewarding once completed.”
Clive Moore, architect and coxswain at Pwllheli RNLI said: “The work on the main roof has now been completed and as the scaffolding is removed one is able to get a get an overall impression of the form and design of the building.
The facility is dominated by the main boat hall which will house the Shannon class lifeboat. With its vaulted timber ceiling and natural light, it will provide spectacular views of Cardigan Bay and Cambrian mountains in the distance.
It marks the latest RNLI project for Wynne Construction, which delivered the new RNLI Llandudno Lifeboat Station in 2017. The development won the RICS Awards 2018 for Infrastructure and was a National Finalist in the 2018 Local Authority Building Control Awards for Best Small Commercial Project.
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