Pendennis and Devonport expands refit offering
Pendennis and Devonport continue to flourish as does the number of enquiries for refits at the joint facilities in Falmouth. With Pendennis’ 20+ years experience and over 150 refit projects in the portfolio, and Devonport’s expertise in the 60m+ market, the companies have joined forces to expand the offering at Pendennis’ base in the UK. As such they are co-exhibiting at the Antibes Yacht Show, 7th-10th April, during which a dedicated team will be on hand to discuss all refit needs.
Over the years Pendennis has invested in the development of the world-class facilities as well as their personnel in Falmouth. The six in-house trades are enhanced by the company’s award-winning apprenticeship scheme, ensuring a constant workforce that is fully trained and highly skilled in all aspects of yacht build and refit.
Alongside this investment in people the continual development of the facilities has provided a great service to the growing superyacht fleet. In the past couple of years Pendennis has expanded their environmentally controlled dry dock facilities. Opened in the spring of 2005, this state-of-the-art refit complex was designed to provide the perfect conditions for refitting sailing and motor yachts. There are two 75m x 24m wide dry docks (or one 150m x 24m). ‘The White House’ measuring 55m (L) x 17m (H) x 16m (W) is a relatively new steel framed space perfect for the outfit of new construction projects or as an additional undercover refit space. These flexible and more spacious facilities, in addition to the Main Hall (at 70m long x 40m wide), have increased Pendennis’ capabilities allowing a total of six yachts to be in the yard currently undergoing refit/completion works.
Pendennis is grateful for the support of investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) Convergence throughout this programme of expansion. Convergence supports local companies by providing regional investment aimed at increasing job opportunities through business growth and development in Cornwall. Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Convergence Partnership Office for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, expressed her congratulations of the ongoing development of the company. “Pendennis is a valuable component of Cornish industry and the growth of the company over the past 20 years has led to its status as one of the key employers in the region.”