Southport Lifeboat Station
RML is delighted to have worked with Senate Group, a Liverpool based mechanical, electrical and construction company, to supply a main floor and upper mezzanine consisting of SpaceJoist metal web joists for the new Southport Lifeboat Station.
The multiple runs of 304mm depth metal web joists were specifically designed to support on hangers from various sizes of timber-packed steel beams to create the floor.
Loads applied included a 3kNm2 Live floor load and 1kNm2 partition load to suit the areas uses as changing areas, equipment’s room and communal spaces.
The Southport Offshore Rescue Trust who run the station are completely independent of the RNLI, relying solely on donations and fundraising to keep afloat, with an average of £60,000 needed each year to keep the lifeboat running, as well as providing vital land-based search and rescue services along the Sefton coastline. The crew are all unpaid volunteers who are on call 24/7 and have helped well over 400 people since forming.
The new station replaces the old lifeboat house nearby that was built in 1886 and used by the Southport Offshore Rescue trust since 1988.
Nicola Goldup, trustee director of the Southport Offshore Rescue Trust, told the media: “The Lifeboat Station will serve as an operational base and training centre for all our crew and lifesaving equipment for generations to come.”
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