An impressive sight greets visitors to Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth, as the yard is now almost unrecognisable from the previous facilities. Extensive development of the site commenced in February 2013, and has seen the previous singular construction hall replaced with two 90m halls alongside a further 45m double-width hall. This complements the existing 150m dry dock, providing a more flexible space for superyacht refit and new builds projects at the 6.5acre site.
The project has been many years in the planning, as joint Managing Director, Mike Carr explained “Since the company was founded over 25 years ago we have continually invested in the Falmouth site to respond to industry demands. When we founded the company in 1988 a 35m vessel was perceived as ‘large’ in the yachting industry! Over the years as yacht sizes continued to grow and refit demand increased the yard has needed to adapt. Since the last major yard expansion, which included the improvement of our dry dock facilities in 2004, the superyacht industry has changed dramatically. 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. Henk and I recognised that we needed to improve our facilities to cater to this, and so the development plans have been a key consideration for some time.”