Solent Refit has announced that it has secured a 30-year lease on its shipyard facility in Hythe, Southampton, and is now seeking to further expand and improve its facilities.
According to the shipyard, the expansion plans include waterfront offices that will overlook the Southampton Estuary, and a lounge area and gym for yacht crews and guests. A chandlery will also be opening on the site in order to service the shipyard and the surrounding area.
Among other things, the business has invested in a 30T telescopic mobile crane, 3T Manitou, 3T forklift and a mobile cherry picker. Solent has also invested in a dredger and hopper barge, in order to dredge and maintain the slipway, deep-water berths and estuary along with local marinas and harbours.
Solent Refit hopes that the improvements will position Solent Refit as “one of the UK’s most impressive superyacht refit and new build facilities”.
Allan Foot, managing director of Solent Refit said of the plans, “We are delighted with the newly extended lease; it gives our customers security that we are here to stay and it allows us to build on what we have, and ultimately focus on making the facility one which our customers wish to return to for years to come.
“For the local community, this gives peace of mind that the marine industry is secure here in Hythe, and opens up the potential for us to employ more local quality skilled tradespeople who have a passion for the yachting industry. More importantly, we are introducing a long overdue apprenticeship scheme with this new lease of life for the shipyard.”
For more information, visit Solent Refit.