RNLI Lifeboat Station – Penlee, Cornwall

A new replacement for Penlee Lifeboat Station, featured in the BBC’s Saving Lives At Sea series, received Planning Permission in September 2017. Providing modern crew facilities in Newlyn Harbour, including a larger crew/operational room, training room, changing room and adjacent workshop.

There are two lifeboats stationed at Penlee, an all-weather Severn Class lifeboat and an Inshore Atlantic 85. It was proposed to demolish the existing building and to build an extended station on a larger footprint. The works are necessary to provide modern crew facilities in line with current standards.

Buckland Timber was contracted to carry out fabrication, design, supply and installation of the frame and T&G structural roof deck. A 50mm thick T&G roof deck is often a cost-effective option as it forms the finished ceilings internally and also negates the need for secondary purlins. We have used T&G structural roof decks on many of our projects.


  • Project: Engineering design, manufacture and installation.
  • Commission: Glulam portal frame structure.
  • Client: Symons Construction
  • Architect: Studio Four Architects
  • Engineer: Marbas
  • Timber: Douglas Fir
  • Fixings: Galvanised steel fixings
  • Finish: Clear ‘O’ rated fire retardant treatment to the underside of the roof deck. One coat, clear varnish to glulam framework.
  • Cost (approx): £440 per square metre – for engineering design, manufacture and installation.