The Lizard Lifeboat Station

  • Client RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institute
  • Location Kilcobben Cove, Cornwall
  • Year 2011
  • Cost £7.5m

The Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall has one of the most remote and treacherous coastlines in the UK. That makes the Lizard lifeboat station one of the most important in the country.

Replacing the original boathouse set at the foot of a 45-metre cliff at Kilcobben Cove, the new Lizard Lifeboat Station was the most ambitious building project ever undertaken by the RNLI.

Built to house the new Tamar class all-weather lifeboat, the design of the new station was a refinement on the prototype fast slipway boathouse designed by Poynton Bradbury Architects and consulting engineers Royal Haskoning at Padstow.

The new station design had to safeguard the environment and re-use as much existing structure as possible. As part of the project the funicular lift and winch house were refurbished.

The complex construction was undertaken by BAM Nuttall using a significant tower crane from the cliffs and a jack-up barge for seaborne operations including piling and slipway construction.

Lizard Lifeboat

With a magnificent new boathouse and a sensational new Tamar lifeboat, let us remember that generations of lifeboat men have saved lives from here and the surrounding shores for 153 years, and this is a tradition we are all really proud of.

Ned Nuzum, Lifeboat Operations Manager
The Lizard Lifeboat Station
Original CGI View
Original CGI View
Original CGI View