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St David’s Lifeboat Station For Sale

Former RNLI Station For Sale

Lifeboat Not Included!

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Former Lifeboat Station, St David’s, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6PY

Here at the Unique Property Bulletin we first looked at buying a former lifeboat station shortly after we had purchased the old Keil Hotel in 1999. The reason was the view from that old hotel – directly opposite was a spectacular sea sight which included an old lifeboat station and views to the amazing Mull of Kintyre. At that time we didn’t proceed with the former RNLI building purchase. But since the first encounter, lifeboat stations have been in our top ten unique properties list. Not least the history behind such fine buildings; plus the sea-views, and also the ability to launch your own boat from a purpose built slipway. Now in 2015 we can show readers a magnificent unique property in the form of Pembrokeshire RNLI Station at St David’s for sale...

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For Sale (Lifeboat NOT Included – Just The Building)
Former Lifeboat Station, St David’s, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6PY

St. David’s lifeboat station is similar to the sister station along at Tenby featured a few years ago on Kevin McCloud’s Grand Designs programme. A series of pictures of the past conversion project can be found by…

Clicking Here To View Montage of Tenby Lifeboat Station Project

Indeed, the header photograph on our sister website is of that very structure…

Grand Designs For Sale Webpage Header Picture: Click Here

St David’s sister station at Tenby is a first class example of the adventure of converting a former lifeboat station into a splendid house. Hardly a week goes by but we receive an email asking: “Is the Tenby lifeboat station house conversion for sale yet?” (No Tenby isn’t for sale in case you wondered). However, the background that can be studied at Tenby gives an idea of the potential of these styles of building for those seeking an amazing place to live. Though we must remind readers, this webpage is about the sale of St David’s Lifeboat Station

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Former Lifeboat Station, St David’s, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6PY

Returning from the Tenby example, to the current lifeboat station for sale at St. David’s in Pembrokeshire, first of all, we must commend the Savills estate agents on an excellent set of sale particulars. Especially the radio controlled mini-helicopter drone presentation…

Impressive Aerial Video of St David’s Lifeboat Station: Click Here.

As to guide price for St David’s Lifeboat Station? There isn’t a definitive figure given – even when probing the estate agent. The agency have indicated that the RNLI are open minded about the eventual sale figure. Importantly the end-use may be a factor in how the RNLI decide to dispose of the property.

Our own view – and it is not the official sale view, but ours – is whilst the earlier Tenby Lifeboat Station appeared on Grand Designs and had a mega budget, the building at St David’s may be a different style of project. Possibly with a less eye-watering budget.

For example, it may be an idea to consider a development where some of the original lifeboat station is opened to the public. To recognise what has been achieved here. Especially given truly heroic examples of RNLI rescues such as happened in 1910. Local sensitivity in these matters is important.

Also, we have seen several projects where a synergy of purpose has been achieved. For example, at St David’s it may well be possible, subject to planning and listed building consent for a newbuild part on the site to accommodate an owner and family in a modest home, whilst providing open access to part of the retained original lifeboat station. With possible tours and at the end of these, a light refreshment facility. Such a result would give a unique lifestyle, as well as an unique place to live and work.

This is just one scenario for this fascinating place. There is a design brief available that has been prepared by the owners and we can arrange for this to be emailed to you: Click Here and ask for a copy of the St David’s Information Pack.

Also, to help Bulletin readers with some research, the previous lifeboat building sold at Tenby, which is near identical to St David’s in many respects, was, according to official Land Registry records transacted at £100,000 (one hundred thousand pounds) in January 2010.

It is materially important to note that the former lifeboat station at Tenby INCLUDED ownership of the structure and the foreshore upon which it stands. Also, the Tenby lifeboat station was (and is) FREEHOLD. Unfortunately St David’s lifeboat station is LEASEHOLD. Albeit with the possibility of buying the freehold from the Crown Estates. At the time of writing this (July/August 2015) there is a term of 90 years left on the leasehold at St. David’s, therefore it is likely to outlast everyone reading this. Even so, most folk (and importantly mortgage companies) require significant longevity in leasehold properties if lending is to be considered.

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Former Lifeboat Station, St David’s, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6PY

Moving forward, prospective buyers please be aware of of the relatively short-order sale period within which tenders have to be submitted. The sellers/estate agents would like all offers in by 12.00pm on Thursday 10 September 2015.

So St David’s will either be sold, or not. That sounds an overly simplistic binary statement, but from 25 years experience – of the 44 buildings we have bought, 9 have been where a buyer has failed to complete, or it was a failed-to-sell-at-auction lot. That leaves over 20% of properties in this anecdotal caseload were not sold at the first effort.

Our point? This old lifeboat station is well worth keeping an eye on if you aren’t able to sort out an offer for 10th September 2015. A ballpark 20% chance it will come back up for sale. Just saying!

In fact we would look at the RNLI experience at Tenby which is worth studying for those who have a serious interest in the current project at St David’s. With the earlier Tenby Lifeboat Station sale, the RNLI moved out of the old station into the newbuild £5.5 million facility nearby. They then began a protracted and challenging search find a new owner for its old lifeboat station. Refused permission to demolish it, the RNLI was faced with costs running into the hundreds of thousands.

Tenby’s local residents and stakeholders were keen to see their former RNLI station preserved. From 1962 records, the original ownership at Tenby appears to have been shared between Pembrokeshire County Council and the RNLI under a leasehold arrangement, while the Crown Commissioners owned the freehold. Fortunately the Crown Commissioners relinquished that freehold and helped persuade Tim and Philomena O’Donovan to purchase Tenby. As many of us who watched the television programme Grand Designs will have witnessed…

A Previous Lifeboat Station On Grand Designs
Click On The Photograph Above To Watch The Video of The 2010 Tenby Lifeboat Station Conversion

So where does this leave the aspiring lifeboat station dweller, and the new project at St David’s in Pembrokeshire?

Do your due diligence, and your best at getting an offer in for the 10th September 2015 deadline. But even if you miss that, keep up to date with how any possible sale of the St David’s lifeboat station goes. For there is a reasonable chance it may well reappear on the sale market post-September 2015. No guarantees, but a possibility.

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One last thing, before we move on to the estate agency narrative. Given the short-timescale sale rotation on this one, the price may well be lower than a quick-sale effort can achieve. Folk looking at this project need a reasonable amount of time to get the paperwork and other issues sorted out. The Crown Estates negotiation to acquire the freehold is one such big issue that isn’t going to get settled within a few weeks. Add this to delicate negotiations about required for alterations to this GRADE II Listed Building (that takes many weeks; plus the Planning Permission required to convert from a lifeboat station to a home (that will take months if not a year or more. So as well as the P.O.A., thing, the numerous issues requiring resolution to progress a BUYERS interest in this project, is by virtue of no realistic timeframe to do this, going to knock a lot of buyers out. Thereby depressing the current sale price further.

So if any of our Unique Property Syndicate members (Click Here) would like to consider St David’s lifeboat station as candidate property, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO GET IN TOUCH…

St Davids Lifeboat Station Unique Property Syndicate: Click Here To Receive News

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Estate agent’s narrative: To be sold by informal tender. Exciting coastal property with development potential. Long leasehold opportunity on behalf of the RNLI. Grade II Listed Building. Potential for alternative uses (Subject to Planning). 1,778 sq ft / 165 sq m. Tender subject to contract. Offers by 12.00pm on Thursday 10 September 2015.

Click Here To View Aerial Video of St David’s Lifeboat Station

St. Justinian’s and St. David’s are located on the West coast of Pembrokeshire, South Wales, approximately 3.4 km (2.1 miles) West of St. David’s with spectacular views across Ramsey Sound to Ramsey Island. St. David’s is a popular tourist destination and holds some of the oldest history in Britain.

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The Classic Lifeboat Launch: With A Big Splash…

Click On The Photograph Above To Watch The Video

Click On The Photograph Above To Watch The Video

The lifeboat house and slipway was constructed during 1911 and comprises timber-framed walls clad in painted corrugated iron and curved roof of similar cladding carried on thin bolted steel trusses, set on high reinforced concrete latticed piers. It was designated as a Grade II listed building in 1992.

Following the opening of the new station (proposed for Q1 2016), the existing lifeboat station will become surplus to requirements and its availability represents an exciting redevelopment opportunity for a variety of uses, set in a spectacular location.

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Planning: The property is Grade II Listed and falls within the administrative boundary of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The property is considered suitable for a variety of alternative use (subject to receipt of all necessary consents) and a planning brief prepared by the estate agents can be found in the Information Pack which is available on request. Although interested parties are advised to make their own planning enquiries.

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Tenure: The leasehold interest is being offered for sale with a term expiring on 31 March 2106 (90 years).

The freehold interest of the slipway and boathouse is owned by The Crown Estate. Any sale of the freehold interest is a matter of separate negotiation with the Crown Estate through its agents. Understood to be Cooke & Arkwright . Tel: 01656 644632 (FAO: Ryan Pratt).

An acquisition of the freehold interest would potentially mean that the leasehold interest could merge with the freehold, releasing the user and reinstatement obligations within the lease.

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Services: The property benefits from mains water and electricity. We are advised that no drainage is connected to the building. Parties are advised to make their own enquiries in respect of their specific requirements for the property.

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Estate Agency Guide: “Price on Application” – All offers should be submitted by 12.00pm on Thursday 10 September 2015 in accordance with the instructions contained in the Information Pack. Offers will be assessed on financial and long term viability of the proposals.

Background Information: Click Here

Additional Information: Click Here

Sale Introduction Contact: Click Here

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Lifeboat NOT Included – For Sale
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One last thing, below is a piece of history with some very old footage of the St David’s Lifeboat  Station…

Click On The Photograph Above To Watch Part 1 of The Video

Click On The Photograph Above To Watch Part 2 of The Video