Porthdinllaen and Moelfre Lifeboat Stations LVIA

Client: : Opus Engineering and Royal Haskoning Location: : Porthdinllaen and Moelfre, North Wales Dates: : 2010-2012

HDD undertook a series of Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) studies for a series of schemes involving the demolition and replacement of two existing historic lifeboat stations.  The new stations were required to house the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s new 26 knot Tamar class slipway lifeboat. Both stations lie in highly sensitive landscapes with a number of designations including:

  • AONB
  • Heritage Coast
  • SAC
  • SSSI

HDD worked closely with engineering and environmental consultants Opus and Royal Haskoning and Clive Moore Architectural Services to advise on design iterations and detailed construction issues (including options for the building form, cladding, materials, siting and external works), all with a view to minimising potential impacts on these sensitive landscapes.  Alternative design and construction options were all explored and modelled as part of the LVIA’s.

Both lifeboat stations received planning permission and have now been built and are fully operational.

The Porthdinllaen scheme has won the ICE Wales ‘Special Award for a Project within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ The award notes that ‘The building plan and shape was designed to follow the cliff line to reduce visual impact and to minimise any excavation of the rock cliff.  The judges were impressed by the way in which the construction difficulties had been overcome and the sensitive way in which the building addresses the environment. This is an attractive and functional building which has been designed and built with great care in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.