Cockwells invests in new facilities
Cockwells Modern & Classic Boatbuilding is to expand into new facilities with the aim of increasing exports by 100%.
The redevelopment follows record-breaking sales of its custom-built motor launches and superyacht tenders.
“Combining the artisan craftsmanship of the shipwright with the latest technological innovations, manufacturing processes and materials is what sets us apart in the highly competitive marine sector and this development will elevate the company to a higher plane,” explained founder and MD, Dave Cockwell.
The 21-week project represents an investment of more than £1.1m, including £491,825 from the European Regional Development Fund.
The result will be a single 1,058sqm modern, accessible, solar-powered workspace that will enable office staff and all the trades to work together.
It will also enable the company to train up to 10% of its employees to NVQ level four and create ten skilled full time equivalent jobs during the next four years.
Productivity is predicted to rise by up to 50% with the introduction of lean processing to maximize efficiency.
The new HQ is being constructed to BREEAM excellent standards, which will ensure its adherence to stringent, best practice, environmental performance through design, specification, construction and operation.
Full insulation, the adoption of renewable sources of power such as photovoltaic solar panels for generating electricity and a solar thermal system for heating will improve its environmental impact by reducing the company’s energy consumption.
The building, to be completed by September, will incorporate 250sqm of office accommodation as well as a lift, evacuation chair and hearing loops for full accessibility.
Cornwall-based Brady Construction Services has been appointed as lead contractor.
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