Baltimore Lifeboat Station, on the south west tip of Ireland, has been extended and remodelled to accommodate the needs of crews for the inshore and all-weather lifeboats. Facilities have been improved further by creating an adjacent pontoon berth. Our team provided geotechnical, marine, structural and building services engineering and project management.
The station building (c.1913) is an early example of reinforced concrete construction and has been refurbished and enlarged by the addition of a new steel frame extension, roofed with slate to match the existing. The station’s slipway has been modified so that RNLI Baltimore’s Atlantic 75B class inshore lifeboat Bessie can be launched directly from the boathouse. A water-source heat pump uses seawater to supply background heat for the building.
The station’s new Tamar class all-weather lifeboat Alan Massey is kept permanently afloat, and requires a deeper mooring than its predecessor. The new berth is sheltered by a rock-armoured breakwater jutting out 60m into Church Strand Bay. Some of the rock excavated to form the berth has been re-used in the breakwater.