RNLI launches children’s competition to design the future of lifeboats


The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is launching a competition for local school children to design their lifeboat of the future. The winning design will be displayed on wooden hoardings which will surround the build-site of the charity’s new All-weather Lifeboat Centre at its HQ in Poole.

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Pupils from local schools aged 7-11 are being challenged to enter the competition which will see the winning design displayed for several weeks as the new lifeboat facility is built. The winning pupil or class will be special guests at the design’s unveiling ceremony and will also receive a years’ membership of Storm Force, the RNLI’s lifeboat club for children.


James Millidge, RNLI Youth Education Manager says:

‘This year, the RNLI is starting to build an innovative lifeboat facility at our headquarters in Poole, so we can build our state-of-the-art all-weather lifeboats today and in the future. Our newest lifeboat, the Shannon class is our most advanced to date and many will be built at the new facility, but what will the lifeboats of the future look like? What will they look like 100 years from now? Perhaps they’ll be powered by solar panels or a wind turbine or maybe they will fly as well as sail or even be driven by remote control or robots! We are challenging young people to really let their imaginations run wild!’


The competition closes on Friday 29 March 2013 and the winner will be announced on Friday 19 April 2013. Schools wishing to take part should visit www.RNLI.org/buildforlifecompetition


The RNLI has received planning permission from the Borough of Poole to build the All-weather Lifeboat Centre at its Poole HQ in Dorset to bring all-weather lifeboat production in-house. This secures the future of all-weather lifeboat production and maintenance for the lifesaving charity.


The All-weather Lifeboat Centre, to be built on land already owned by the RNLI, will save millions of pounds each year, as well as create 90 new jobs in Poole.


The project is estimated to cost £11.2 million but, once up and running will save the charity £3.7 million every year. Taking into account the timeline towards full production and maintenance, the centre is expected to pay for itself in less than 10 years.

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