Official Opening of the RNLI Portishead Boathouse
Proud day for Andrew Scott Ltd, as the RNLI Portishead Boathouse officially opens.
Andrew Scott Ltd has recently completed the construction of a station house and launching ramp for the newly formed RNLI Portishead which was officially opened on the 20th June 2015.
Complying with the strict terms of a marine working licence, the 66 metre ramp was constructed entirely within the Severn Estuary. The Estuary has an eighteen metre range between low and high tides and a number of spring tides were encountered during the construction process. The ramp is constructed of 22 No. reinforced fibre concrete bases and columns with precast concrete beams and planks making up the running surface. The concrete bases are founded directly on the local mudstone with ‘rock socket’ micro piles preventing lift and rotation on tides. The ramp was completed well within the timescales set out by the MMO licence and prior to the arrival of protected migratory birds.
The station house building consists of a traditional masonry superstructure, founded directly onto local mudstone with a reinforced concrete floor slab. In addition to the Lifeboat, the station house contains changing rooms, showering facilities and a kitchen area for the volunteers.
With the completion of the new station house and launching ramp, the Portishead Lifeboat Trust have now been formally adopted by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution). We hope that these new facilities will help all the volunteers at the Portishead Lifeboat trust/RNLI to continue the fantastic work they do as they save lives on the Bristol Channel.
Take a look at the time-lapse video of the Boathouse, created by Mike Roberts of RNLI Portishead, to see the project from start to finish: