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Tolent makes a splash with RNLI station contract

A construction firm is riding a wave of success after securing a RNLI contract.

Tolent is building a new lifeboat station in Cleethorpes.

The new two-storey base will replace two existing promenade sites, and will feature an integrated boat hall and workshop, shop, changing rooms and office.

Officials say it will also end years’ of volunteers having to cross a road when launching craft for rescues.

It is due to be completed early next year.

Team Valley Trading Estate-based Tolent has a wealth of experience in the sector, having previously supported the RNLI in Redcar.

It also refurbished and extended office and hanger space for the Great North Air Ambulance, in Eaglescliffe, near Yarm.

Stuart Crofts, Tolent project manager, said: “This is a really interesting project to be involved in, with a number of unique challenges.

“Not only is the site situated on a busy promenade, but works also need to be scheduled within a five-hour window where the beach is accessible between rapidly changing tides.

“The load-bearing capacity of the sand also has to be constantly maintained, making the job even trickier.”

Steve Randall, RNLI estates engineer, added: “We’re delighted to be working with Tolent once again and look forward to seeing the results of the project.”