RNLI Poole lifeboat centre begins operations
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has officially opened its All-weather Lifeboat Centre (ALC) in Poole, Dorset.
The building’s completion secures the supply of all-weather lifeboats (ALBs) for future generations of lifesavers, creating 90 new jobs in the local area and saving the charity in excess of £3M a year once the facility is fully up and running.
The ALC [see NSC March 2015] consists of two large steel-framed buildings, both approximately 85m long × 30m wide, connected by a central covered courtyard.
“Spans up to 20m, the requirement for various roof curves and the need for the frame to be constructed quickly, meant that a steel-framed structure was the optimum solution,” says Ramboll Structural Engineer Ben Punton.
Both buildings’ main production areas have been formed around 10m × 20m bays as this provides the necessary open column-free space. A slightly smaller 10m × 8m grid pattern is then used for adjoining mezzanine levels and first floor office areas.