Pendennis Completes Phase One Transformation
Published: Thursday, 26 June 2014
Extensive development of the Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth, England started in February 2013. The yard is now unrecognisable from the previous facilities.
The project has been many years in the planning. “Since the company was founded over 25 years ago we have continually invested in the Falmouth site to respond to industry demands,” says Mike Carr, Managing Director. “…Over the past five years in particular Pendennis has seen an increasing demand for winter refits as well as an escalation in the average length of yachts globally.”
Local construction company, Midas, consulted with Pendennis’ project teams throughout the process, tailoring the impressive facilities to manage the unique demands of superyacht refit and build. The four-storey spine contains workshops, trade areas and project team offices to enable direct access to projects situated in the halls. An 80m mast shed has been integrated into the lowest level, creating a convenient environmentally controlled area for spraying and servicing. A critical feature was the inclusion of a network of air ducts built into the floor of each building. This allows for yachts to be individually sealed and an environmentally controlled paint environment created.
The shore side building phase was completed in May with a four-storey workshop/office/hospitality complex. Glass balconies provide a stunning outlook over the Fal estuary, and a unique work environment for project teams and visiting crews.
Pendennis has one of the world’s leading custom superyacht build and refit facilities. Building on hundreds of years of local maritime heritage, Pendennis has become one of Cornwall’s most important employers with over 350 highly skilled trades people based at the 6.5 acre prime water front location.