Things have been progressing well over the last few months even though from the outside there has been little change. The interior fit out is now moving at a good pace and the contractors are hoping to hand the building over to the RNLI in October.
This is the view down the slipway.
The view back towards the workshop from the front of the building.
The view from the crew room looking North.
Looking to the back of the crew room, this will be the galley area.
The crew changing room on the ground floor.
Outside the ground levels are being built up and the new sea wall installed.
Over the last few weeks the slipway work has been moving on well. All the large piles are now in place and the first of the smaller piles to hold the toe of the slipway have been installed.
Ashore the contractors have been assembling the slipway sections and lowering them in to place. Very quickly the slipway has started to take shape. Its nowhere near finished but you get a good idea of how its going to look. The angle of the slipway is the same as it was for our Mersey but the shape of the slipway is very different to match the underwater profile of the Shannon.
Work on the boathouse is coming on well too. Electricians are busily working away as are carpenters, plasterers and window fitters.
The photos above are from the crew room above the ILB shed.
The scene at Peveril Point is going to change somewhat on Monday when the large jack up barge arrives to start the installation of our slipway.
The first job is to install the piles that will support the main body of the slipway. Once that is done the precast concrete cross beams will be installed. After that the steel slipway is lowered in to place and secured.
Here's a note from our builders:
The installation of the piles is unfortunately a noisy activity as it involves driving the tubes into the ground with a large hammer. As such, this activity will be limited to 5:00pm during the week, 1:00pm on Saturday and no pile driving on Sunday.
We hope to install two piles per day, so all being well, the
piling works will be completed within the first two weeks of the marine
activities. We estimate that it will take around an hour and a half to drive each
pile and will be trying to keep these works to the middle of the day.
The jack up barge will be used for all the slipway works so will
be on site until around mid-August.
At 2pm today retiring Coxswain Martin Steeden, Assistant Mechanic Colin Marks and a selection of long serving crew members will take our Mersey class all weather lifeboat ‘Robert Charles Brown’ out of Swanage Bay for the final time and return her to RNLI Headquarters in Poole. That marks the end of her time here in Swanage.
Since arriving in Swanage in May 1992 she has saved countless lives and helped hundreds and hundreds of people. We’ll publish her full stats soon.