RNLI Lifeguard Units

We’ve been designing and building Lifeguard Units for RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) lifeguards to operate from since 2009.

The RNLI provide lifeguard cover on more than 200 beaches around the UK. It approached us looking for an alternative to its existing heavy, timber-framed structures that would be lightweight, portable, and offer superior thermal properties. Each new Lifeguard Unit would be self-contained and offer all the facilities required for providing lifeguard cover.

We worked with the RNLI to deliver a bespoke solution. Our composite panel technology meant we could offer a lightweight, insulated and watertight structure, free from traditional timber or steel materials that would quickly degrade in the harsh coastal environment.

The first Lifeguard Unit was installed on the beach at Sandbanks, Dorset in 2010. We now have more than 100 all around the UK coast, and iForm is the sole supplier of Lifeguard Units to the RNLI – something we are very proud of.

Design features
• Supported on built-in adjustable jack legs to self-level on any surface
• Solar panels to power radio communications
• Built-in PA system
• Gas hob with stainless steel splashback
• External gas locker, gas sensor, carbon monoxide alarm and emergency gas stop button
• Wrap-around high-impact windows (as used in Lifeboats) for observation
• Sink with pump tap for washing and treatment
• Storage lockers for lifesaving equipment
• Rail to hang wet kit on, with floor drainage beneath
• Cages to store oxygen canisters
• Non-slip, marine-style flooring
• Ventilation
• Vandal proof design
• Low maintenance, and wipe-clean surfaces
• RNLI branding
• Roll-down blinds displaying emergency contact info for outside of operation hours
• Available in 2-man or 3-man configurations

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“We worked closely with the RNLI to create the perfect space for their lifeguards to operate from. They wanted a self-contained look-out with power, water, gas stove, and storage solutions required to provide effective lifeguard cover on the beaches.

iForm has packaged all this into its lightweight, super strong, vandal proof Lifeguard Units capable of withstanding the elements with minimal maintenance. The clever design enables the RNLI to position the units anywhere they need, from cliff tops to shingle beaches.

The 100th Lifeguard Unit in our fifth year of working together is testament to the build schedule and quality, service, and warranty back-up iForm provides.”

Tom Merralls, iForm Creative Director.

Find out more about out the process we udertake to build, design and deliver our RNLI Lifeguard Units. 


Contact us via the enquiry form on the website, or call us on 01258 837789.

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RNLI Lifeguard Unit kitchen design

RNLI Lifeguard Unit detail

Row of Lifeguard Units

Lifeguard Unit during transport

RNLI Lifeguard Unit