Project information

Hemsby Lifeboat station refurbishment

This is being undertaken to safeguard the service by ‘future proofing’ it for the next 40 years. It is vital to allow the Service to upgrade its Inshore Lifeboat from a ‘C’ class to a ‘B’ class Lifeboat & to better manage the assets by providing more space to cope with the demands facing the Service

February 2015 - January 2020

Charity information: Hemsby Inshore Rescue Service

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  • Need


    Hemsby Lifeboat Station is quickly running out of space to house its assets (Lifeboats and launch vehicles), and with the planned introduction of the ‘B’ class Lifeboat the station needs to be refurbished to accommodate the larger boat. The reason for the upgrade from a ‘C’ to a ‘B’ class lifeboat is one of safety to the crew on launches and efficient response time to incidents


    The increased footprint of the refurbishment allows for a safer environment and amenities for the crew when working in the station and also for visitors to the station

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Submit plans to the local authority – Completed July 2017


    » This has been achieved

    What success will look like

    The plans are avaliable for perusal upon the local authority website

    Aim 2

    Submit structural plans to the local authority – December 2017


    » Architect drawings have been drafted ready for approval for submission

    What success will look like

    There will be a notice submitted which will convey that these plans have been submitted

    Aim 3

    Place the tenders out to three contractors – May 2018


    » We will select three contractors with good reputations to bid for the contract

    What success will look like

    The committee will issue a statement thanking those who submitted tenders and expressing a decision will be made within a certain timeline

    Aim 4

    Appoint a contractor – January 2019


    » After examining the bids submitted , a logical, efficient and economical choice will be made to appoint a contractor to commence the build

    What success will look like

    A notice will be issued to convey which contractor has been appointed along with a schedule of works

    Aim 5

    Build complete – January 2020


    » Complete Build

    What success will look like

    Inviting all emergency services, Local Authorities, Mayor, local vicar to bless the building & view its new improved capabilities as a Lifeboat Station, Local Resilience & training

  • Impact


    It will future proof the Station for another 40 years plus, and in time prove its effectiveness, when in five years time the Broads Lifeboat will need upgrading, to which the new station plans has allowed for. It will also mature into a community hub and focal point for visitors


    There is no risk to this project. There has been a Lifeboat station at Hemsby for the last 40 years and in that time it has evolved into its present role. Hemsby beach is a privately owned beach and from the initial idea of its expansion, the landowner has been involved at every stage of the Architects plans for the last two years, and is fully behind the project as is the local planning office who have been involved from day one, at the initial exploratory meeting in 2015.


    Once planning is approved (plans submitted to the planning office in July 2017). A ‘specific’ website will be produced solely for the project, showing the plans, sponsorship opportunities with updates of the funding levels

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £337,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £300,000 Construction Initial Construction Cost
      £10,500 Planning Initial Design & Planning
      £15,000 Drawings Working Drawings & Tender
      £4,500 Design Structural Design
      £7,500 Administration Contract Administration / Site Supervision
  • Background


    Hemsby Lifeboat has served the community, and the larger community for over 40 years. Holidaymakers are a mix of people from every walk of life, race, and age also with the Broad Lifeboat covering the Norfolk Broads, has 125 miles of waterways to cover, again from boating holidaymakers to boat owners.


    As a lifeboat service, anyone who finds themselves in need of help, either in the sea or on the Norfolk Broads, and call 999, and ask for Coastguard, will in turn have the assets of Hemsby Lifeboat ‘paged’ to respond. Last year (2016) we were the second busiest Lifeboat station in Norfolk of which there are nine.
    Also, local schools benefit annually, by the Service giving water safety talks prior to their summer holidays, and are given water safety leaflets to take home to their parents.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For 40yrs we have been holding fundraising events, Lifeboat Day, Herring Festivals, & many other initiatives, with support growing yearly. The community & visitors are always thrilled when they see where there money is wisely spent. All the crew are volunteers, & do not get paid for their time.It’s the public’s generosity that keeps the Lifeboat Service operating. We are an Independent Lifeboat & are not part of the RNLI, although we work as one, governed by H.M Coastguard as a declared facility

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Gerard Roadley-Battin (Volunteer)

    Second Coxswain - Key person involved to liaising with the Architects over the drawings, layout, design and publicity.

    Daniel Hurd (Volunteer)

    Coxswain - Key person for selection of the new Lifeboat equipment (boat and launch vehicle

    Maurice Watts (Volunteer)

    Chairman - the above gets approval from the chairman and the committee.

    Lyn Sheppey (Volunteer)

    Treasurer - keeping control of the funds and protected new build accounts.