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Pendennis Shipyard

Global, award winning superyacht custom build and refit experts.

What we do:

Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth operates in the 30m-100m superyacht custom build and refit market. Meeting the specific needs of each of each client and delivering a world-class service is of upmost importance.

Pendennis’ full-service facility is capable of building yachts of up to 100m, as well as undertaking substantial restoration and remodeling projects, or routine class/flag refit works. To date the company has built over 30 bespoke luxury yachts and conducted refit works on a further 250 vessels. The Falmouth base is supported by a refit workshop in Palma, and a yacht support centre in Auckland, offering clients a global support network during the life of their superyacht.

The company boasts 380 highly skilled tradespeople and support staff, building on Pendennis’ 29-years of experience. In-house experts, from CAD teams to exterior outfitters, joiners, electricians, engineers, fabricators and specialist painters, ensure maximum control and accountability at every stage of the project. The quality of work stands the test of time, with yachts such as Adix and Adela returning year after year.

Recently Pendennis invested over £22million in rebuilding and expanding the shipyard. This redevelopment programme, completed in 2015, saw the yard enhanced with three purpose-built construction halls (the largest of which is 90m) and a 7,564m² enclosednon-tidal wet basin, designed to provide direct deep water seaward access to the yard for haul-out, and facilitating short refit works for yachts of up to 100m. An additional flexible 150m undercover dry dock provides project space for larger yacht refit programmes, with the complete facility supported by purpose-built modern workshops and offices.

These impressive state-of-the-art facilities provide an appropriate base to accommodate the high level of customer service, skills and project quality that Pendennis is renowned for, combining to create a truly memorable, personal and professional refit or custom-build experience.


Why we became a healthy workplace:

We wanted to subscribe to the scheme as it seemed a natural progression to get recognition for the work that we were already doing and also by engaging with an outside source, we would benefit from external scrutiny to make even further improvements to the health and wellbeing of Pendennis Shipyard.  We understand that a healthy workplace/workforce significantly impacts on the wellbeing of individuals consequently positively impacting on production, sickness absence, accident outcomes and many other unquantifiable factors.

Recent health and well being activities:

Pendennis Health Education Week (PHEW) with activities such as Morning Stretches, High Intensity Training, Smoking Cessation, Back Clinic, Singing, Walking Treasure Hunt, Positive Wellbeing and Managing Pressure sessions.
Cricket night
Halloween Bowling
Water bottles given to all employees
Quiz night
All employees enrolled on Simply Health Cash Plan

Success Story:

Yes, lots!!

Pendennis’ dedication to employee health has always been paramount. In the past year we have boosted our offering to staff through various initiatives such as smoking cessation support, increased water stations on site, our cycle to work scheme and regular inter-departmental organised social events. We are pleased to see that the uptake amongst staff has been high. For example, in its second month of operation, our new Health & Wellbeing scheme already has over 60 members who are reaping the rewards of a comprehensive schedule of daily fitness and wellbeing classes, including high intensity training, singing classes, bootcamp circuits and pilates, among others. We are proud to offer this scheme to all Pendennis employees and hope that in the coming months the members will continue to grow and as a result our workforce will flourish

- Director
Employee Feedback

"I am lucky to work for an organisation whose management has whole-heartedly supported me throughout the process of obtaining the Healthy Workplace Awards.  The Directors have never said ‘no’ and it is great to know that my employer is interested in everyone’s well-being at work.  Not only have they approved my initiatives but they have also led by example and joined in some of them too.  They have committed, what are for us, scarce resources and agreed more flexible working policies as well as offering support to staff who may struggle with work or with personal problems through solid employment policies and management techniques"- Louise Mallas, YMCA Cornwall


A reduction in cost of advertising and agency fees attest to the fact fewer people leave the company and that candidates now approach Ginsters direct as they are seen as an employer of choice.  Number of applicants in 2005 = 2481, in 2006 = 3641 and in 2008 = 3764.  Advertising costs reduced from £50,743 in 2005 to £33,805 in 2007 and £18,126 in 2008. 

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