Plymouth’s maritime business park, Turnchapel Wharf, has opened five new marine enterprise units providing workshop and office space for a variety of local companies.
Under the ownership of Yacht Havens Group since 2014, Turnchapel Wharf has been transformed from an ex-Ministry of Defence site into a thriving waterfront business hub. Based on Plymouth’s Cattewater, a number of international firms are based at Turnchapel including major international maritime businesses such as Fugro, Princess Motor Yacht Sales and Thales with its Maritime Autonomy Centre. The new units provide over 800sqft of workshop and office space for five local businesses.
Speaking about the new buildings and the continued development of Turnchapel Wharf, Yacht Havens Group Managing Director Dylan Kalis says: “We are continuing to develop the site to ensure it is meeting the requirements of a variety of marine business owners. These units provide a new base for five more local businesses, and we will continue to look for opportunities to support these companies as they grow.”
One of the new tenants is Elite Marine Engineering who has moved into one of the new units after their first year of trading. Lewis Huddy says: “We started off with a just a storage container at Turnchapel Wharf, now a year on we have grown into our first premises. With our new unit we have a lot more space where customers can bring their boats or engines to us where we are able to offer minor repairs to full engine rebuilds from our full equipped workshop.”
With Turnchapel Wharf becoming a hub for marine businesses, Lewis has also witnessed more examples of how neighbouring companies are working closely together. “Next door there are a boatbuilder, carpenter, GRP specialists and electrical engineers. As a result, we work closely with all these companies to offer customers a complete solution for their boats. The businesses here have become a close-knit community supporting each other and working together for the good of the industry.”