THE new RNLI station at Queensferry is taking shape and should be operational by the end of this month.
While externally the building work is almost complete there is still plenty to do internally. The new station will replace the existing station which opened in 1989.
The Journal and Gazette took the opportunity to have a sneak preview of the building this week and it is very impressive.
The ground floor features a shop complete with a toilet and small kitchen. The crew space has a changing area, showers and locker space for up to 23 crew. The spacious boathouse hosts wet lockers, a shower to wash down the crew’s dry suits and equipment, a dedicated area for the mechanic and ample space for the station’s new Atlantic 85 lifeboat attached to the tractor, thus speeding up launch times with direct access down the pier.
Upstairs is a kitchen area, the lifeboat operations manager’s office and a crew lounge area featuring attractive port hole windows. With views up the Forth to Crombie and down to Inchcolm Island, this room will be used for training and station visits.
Lifeboat station operations manager Tom Robertson voiced his delight at the new building, saying: “The station has vastly improved crew facilities, a training room and a shop and the spacious boat house allows direct access down the pier saving precious minutes when launching.” He added: “The new station is a credit to the RNLI architect with his sympathetic design which will enhance the Hawes Pier area of Queensferry.”