RNLI wins heritage award for lifeboat station
PUBLISHED: 11:09 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:09 01 February 2018
RNLI Portishead has won a heritage award for the way it rejuvenated a derelict waterfront building.
Its transformation of the old rail ticket office into a lifeboat station and shop scooped the Gordano Civic Society Award for 2017.
President Mary Dyer and chairman Mike Johnston gave the prize to RNLI Portishead chairman Mike Roberts.
The building was taken on by the Freemasons when Great Western Railway did not want it, but moved out after the power stations shut and marina was redeveloped.
Mary said: “After a few years, the site was looking in a derelict state, until it was rescued and a lifeboat station, shop, and launching pier has materialised, which is the latest lifeboat station to be built in the country.
“This once very untidy area, has now been tastefully transformed, enhancing the area, and built with the purpose for the safety of the public using the coast and sea.”