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Work underway on new multi-million pound Mumbles boathouse

The project to provide a home for the new Tamar class lifeboat is estimated to take 18 months to complete. Photo: ITV News Wales

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:

The Mumbles is an iconic lifeboat station and, in common with the other Tamar stations completed in recent years, presents significant technical and logistical challenges. The delicate nature of the historic pier means that the materials and construction plant will be brought in by sea to a jack-up barge that will provide the craneage for the piling and building work. An additional challenge unique to this project is the extreme tidal range - one of the biggest in the world - this will significantly affect construction of the slipway much of which lies in the inter-tidal zone and will be subjected to strong currents and rapidly changing water levels.

– Howard Richings, Head of Estates Management for the RNLI

Our appointed contractor BAM Nuttall has considerable experience on similar projects for the RNLI and is looking forward to embarking on this exciting project and bringing the plans off the drawing board and turning them into reality. We all have our fingers crossed for fair weather for the next 18 months.

– Howard Richings, Head of Estates Management for the RNLI

Pier owners AMECO Ltd say they're thrilled that this milestone has been reached.

John Bollom Managing Director of AMECO Ltd said:

There has been overwhelming public support for plans to restore the pier. The ability to work in partnership with the RNLI towards this end has been very much appreciated. We are looking forward to announcing a schedule for a series of foreshore developments, including a new boardwalk, in the near future.

– John Bollom Managing Director of AMECO Ltd

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:

The Tamar is the most technologically advanced lifeboat ever produced by the RNLI, we owe it to our volunteer crews to provide them with the very best lifeboats. Being able to provide this fantastic new lifeboat is thanks to the continued generosity of the public for which we are continuously grateful. We are delighted that work to the new boathouse at The Mumbles is getting underway and thank the public for their continued patience and support as we provide the necessary base for 21st century lifeboating. We thank AMECO for their close co-operation throughout the project which will contribute to the overall restoration of the pier.

– RNLI Divisional Inspector for Wales and the West Colin Williams