Reside replaced Selsey's old RNLI boathouse, creating modern accommodation for a new all-weather lifeboat


Reside Construction was instructed by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution to build a new lifeboat station at Selsey, West Sussex. 

This high-profile commercial project involved the replacement of a 30 year-old boathouse with a new facility, removing an existing pier to prepare for a modern all-weather lifeboat. 

Fundraising for the new lifeboat was extremely well supported by the local community, providing a new boathouse to accommodate the station’s two lifeboats side-by-side. 

Selsey Lifeboat Station was established in 1861, and is a key strategic location for the RNLI for an all weather lifeboat to operate alongside a D class inshore craft. The new Shannon lifeboat is eight knots faster than its Tyne class predecessor, and with its improved technology will increase Selsey’s capability to save lives at sea and secure the local RNLI service for another 50 years.

In May 2018, the project won the Community Benefit category in the RICS South East Awards for its local impact. The judges' citation said, 'This project epitomises the exacting standards for the Community Benefit Category, with over £500,000 being raised locally. The building is robust and functional in design, with a curved roof that reflects a wave formation and has been specifically designed to house the new Shannon-Class Lifeboat and transport rig which allows it to be launched direct from the steep shingle beach. The scheme provides a good crew-room, changing rooms, education room, public viewing platform and shop. The project is considered an exemplar for stations housing the Shannon-Class Lifeboat.' 

We are delighted to help the RNLI and its volunteer lifesaving crew meet the demands of a 21st century rescue service by providing a first class lifeboat station for the region.

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Architect - Studio Four Architects Ltd

M&E Engineer - Hoare Lea LLP

Structural Engineer - Mayhew Callum Ltd 

Construction Consultants - Ridge LLP