Work is underway on a new multi-million pound boathouse for the RNLI in Mumbles.
The project to provide a home for the new Tamar class lifeboat, which will begin today, is estimated to take 18 months to complete.
The new boathouse, which is to be sited at the head of Mumbles Pier, is a key feature of a joint regeneration and restoration project for the 113-year-old structure.
The boathouse will sit in a unique position within the footprint of the pier, which has listed status.
Howard Richings, Head of Estates Management for the RNLI says:
Pier owners AMECO Ltd say they're thrilled that this milestone has been reached.
John Bollom Managing Director of AMECO Ltd said:
The Mumbles has been allocated a Tamar class lifeboat which is faster and more advanced than their current Tyne class. Last month, representatives from The Mumbles RNLI travelled to Plymouth to watch a Tamar being capsized under controlled conditions. The trip to Plymouth has created a renewed air of excitement amongst crew.
RNLI Divisional Inspector for Wales and the West Colin Williams says: