Helping The RNLI For The Next Half Century

Helping The RNLI For The Next Half Century

Efficient functioning of the Padstow RNLI lifeboat for the next generation is assured with technology from Kingfisher.

The RNLI commissioned a new lifeboat house at the foot of the cliffs at Trevose Head, to house the station's new Tamar class lifeboat. The elliptical boathouse, buil,t by main contractor John Martin Construction and designed by Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole project architects and Haskoning UK Ltd consulting engineers, features circular ventilation louvres designed and manufactured by Kingfisher.

The Kingfisher louvres ensure an adequate supply of cool air and extraction of warm air into the central winch motor room, helping maintain smooth functioning of the winch when launching and recovering the 31.5tonne lifeboat- claimed to be the most advanced and fastest rescue lifeboat in the world. With a minimum 32% free area between blades, the louvres are designed to provide maximum weather exclusion with a high airflow rate. The louvre bank varies from maximum diameter of 1800mm providing intake of fresh air to a minimum 600mm providing extraction of fumes and used air. Kingfisher has colour-matched the high performance aluminium louvres to the specific RAL blue tone required by RNLI to reflect corporate colours and the maritime nature of the structure.

Architect Joe Poynton observed, "We needed to design a lifeboat house that will remain in service for the RNLI for more than 50 years. The Kingfisher louvres give us the robustness necessary in this very exposed environment, and match the circular windows used elsewhere in the building, reflecting the maritime 'port-hole' aesthetic."

Added RNLI Padstow coxswain Alan Tarby, "The new lifeboat house and lifeboat will bring together the very latest technology to help save lives at sea in the future."

Kingfisher specialises in the design and manufacture of ventilation and screening louvres to provide aesthetic yet functional plant protection and screening. Part of the Building Product Design Group, it develops innovative yet practical products in line with changing requirements.