The RNLI purchased a redundant floating police station which had stood vacant fir many years, moored on the River Thames next to Waterloo Bridge on the Embankment in front of Somerset House and we were tasked with converting it to new lifeboat station as a replacement for their existing facilities on the Thames next to the Tower of London. The existing 100 year old barge had a iron hull and a timber framed superstructure to its top.
A refurbishment scheme was prepared and a planning and a listed building application was made in late 2004, with approval being gained in December 2004 The scheme included two small extensions to the building which enabled a suitable layout to be obtained to provide new meeting rooms, galley facilities, changing and shower areas, bunk rooms for 24hr crew and a first aid room.
Building regulation approval was obtained in August 2005 and construction began in 2005. The barge was floated down the Thames to a dry dock in Greenwich where the timber frame building was gutted and the hull repaired and repainted. It was then taken back up the Thames and fixed back to its moorings where Square Foot Solutions were employed to alter and refurbish the timber superstructure.
Construction on the fit out began in August 2005 and was completed in 2006. The station is one of the RNLI's busiest in the country.