ECA Architecture and Planning have designed and achieved planning permission for a new RNLI floating boathouse in Poole. The new boathouse will be located in the Little Channel, Poole Harbour and will comprise two boat bays.
The design of the lightweight roof structure appears to float above the boats and is influenced by the shapes of the structures in and around the port including the Twin Sails Bridge. ECA architects were keen not to make the boathouse like the standard industrial sheds.
The angled roof is designed to provide views into the building by lifting the corners. Although the building will sit for most of the time well below the line of the bridge, the raised corners, particularly from the road approach, will encourage viewers to look down into the building. This provides some visibility to the public of the RNLI’s operations.
The planning application has involved the drafting of a Heritage Statement given the sites location in the setting of the locally listed old lifting bridge and Quay Conservation Area, as well as addressing environmentally sensitive issues, alongside environmental consultants Royal Haskoning, given the close proximity of the site to the Poole Harbour SSSI and Ramsar site.