A commemorative stone, designed by Andy Palmer of Ellis Belk, has been officially unveiled to mark the start of construction of the RNLI’s All-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole. Ellis Belk are the appointed architectural designers on this scheme which is now at the steel frame stage. The charity’s Former Chairman, Admiral the Lord Boyce, was given the honour of unveiling the commemorative stone as a way of the RNLI thanking him for his commitment during his time as Chairman.
Building works are due to complete this winter, with operations being phased in gradually. Once the Centre is fully operational, the RNLI will produce, maintain and refit its fleet of all-weather lifeboats in-house for the first time saving over £3M every year.
The first photograph shows Admiral the Lord Boyce and current RNLI Chairman Charles Hunter Pease shaking hands in front of the stone and the second photograph the principal members of the development team.