Restoration of Grade II listed Cullercoats Lifeboat Station proposed, subject to planning approval
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The Grade II listed station, a Cullercoats harbour landmark, is up for structural repairs to its tower, external redecoration, timber and roof repairs, and new boat doors.
It is hoped work can begin soon to give the coastal icon some TLC.
Paul Freeman, RNLI Regional Estates Manager, said: “The works at Cullercoats RNLI would involve repointing the bell tower and remedial work to the timber structure, re-roofing, redecoration, and the addition of new doors.
“Cullercoats lifeboat station is such an iconic and well-loved building, with a rich history of saving lives at sea and we look forward to the works hopefully starting soon."
The boathouse we see today was built in 1897 and has housed boats and crews responsible for numerous rescue missions ever since.
According to the RNLI’s heritage statement to the local authority, there have been 720 launches from the station so far, saving “well over” 840 lives.
The lifeboat station has seen some alternation in recent history, including works in 1992 to allow it to house a new Atlantic-21 lifeboat and launch tractor. The station was also internally modified in 2002 to create a second floor.
Lewis Bartoli, Tynemouth councillor and member of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, said: “What the RNLI is proposing is not only essential but looks to preserve an iconic building. In terms of the status of the boathouse, it has saved countless lives, not just in Cullercoats but throughout the North East coast.
“And anything the council can do, we will fully support this”.
The RNLI’s ‘Heritage Statement’ to North Tyneside Council concluded: “The proposed works contained in this listed building application will arrest the process of decay and deterioration which has occurred to this nationally important listed building over the decades and safeguard this building for future generations.
“The proposed works will also ensure that the building is safe for both users and visitors and is kept in full use, which is the best way to preserve this nationally important heritage asset.”