James Bond’s favourite boat maker has looked at former Vosper site in city

Daily Echo: Is luxury superyacht builder Sunseeker heading to Southampton Is luxury superyacht builder Sunseeker heading to Southampton

THEY are seen as a symbol of wealth and success.

Owned by the rich and famous, Sunseeker superyachts come with a multi-million- pound price tag and a reputation for luxury at sea.

Now one of the world’s leading luxury yacht builders could move to Southampton.

The Daily Echo can reveal that James Bond’s favourite boat maker has been looking at potential sites for a new boatbuilding base in the city.

And while bosses say there are no imminent plans for a new site in Hampshire, a move to Southampton could surface as part of the company’s “long term” expansion plan.

Sunseeker boats have featured in a number of James Bond films since 1999, including Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

The firm, which counts Formula One drivers Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen and Dragons Den millionaire Theo Paphitis among its clients, is based in Poole, where it employs 2,300 staff.

The £300m-valued company has a number of yachts, including the new 75 and Sport 101 models, on display at the London Boat Show.

Its vessels can be as large as 155ft long, while its most expensive currently markets for £22m – excluding tax.

And with business continuing to boom, company chiefs are casting their eyes across the south coast to look for a new site.

The potential new base would not affect Sunseeker’s current operations in Poole.

In its search, Sunseeker has looked into a number of sites in Southampton, including part of the former Vosper Thornycroft site in Woolston.

The firm’s managing director, Stewart Mcintyre, says the company has sufficient building capacity in its current facilities, and is not looking to expand in the next few years.

But that picture may change as Sunseeker looks for sites which could facilitate the building of its biggest vessels.

He told the Daily Echo: “Our interest has been to find out what is happening in Southampton, from Mayflower Park all the way across to Centenary Quay, but I think at the moment due to the demands we took in 2013, including work at our threeacre site in Poole, for the foreseeable future we will be remaining within our existing real estate.

“But we have space restrictions for building bigger boats in Poole, and clearly the sites in Southampton have capacity for building bigger boats.

“We are open minded as to the future and are keeping our eye on real estate that is suitable for yacht building in the south coast, and we have had discussions with the city council in Southampton and different developers in the area.

“But this is part of a longer term plan for us.”

Labour city council leader Simon Letts said: “With the skilled workforce from BAE Systems who are being made redundant, there are highly skilled workers here for them to recruit from.

“We have a strong maritime tradition here in the Solent, and we will do anything we can to get them here.”

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7:38am Wed 8 Jan 14

__KTF__ says...

Is this really news given that they are not going to do anything (if at all) for at least a couple of years?

Isnt the old VT site in Woolston all going to be housing now so they couldnt move there anyway?
Is this really news given that they are not going to do anything (if at all) for at least a couple of years? Isnt the old VT site in Woolston all going to be housing now so they couldnt move there anyway? __KTF__

8:42am Wed 8 Jan 14

likewatchingbrazil says...

so no story just an advert, cheers
so no story just an advert, cheers likewatchingbrazil

9:01am Wed 8 Jan 14

Danae says...

KTF: A significant north quayside portion of the Centenary Quay site has been, and continues to be reserved for marine industries, making use of the deep water quay.

Outline drawings always suggested a number of marine industry units on this portion of the site, set well back from the quay.

It was here that Palmer Johnson (HQ Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin 54235 - off Lake Michigan) suggested prior to 2008 that they would build large motoryachts.
KTF: A significant north quayside portion of the Centenary Quay site has been, and continues to be reserved for marine industries, making use of the deep water quay. Outline drawings always suggested a number of marine industry units on this portion of the site, set well back from the quay. It was here that Palmer Johnson (HQ Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin 54235 - off Lake Michigan) suggested prior to 2008 that they would build large motoryachts. Danae

9:18am Wed 8 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Their Chinese owners have also been rumoured to be looking to take over at St. Marys!
Their Chinese owners have also been rumoured to be looking to take over at St. Marys! OSPREYSAINT

9:35am Wed 8 Jan 14

St Retford says...

There's a 3.5 ha waterfront development site at Chapel Riverside (just north of the Itchen bridge) currently on the market through Capita Symmons. It's a stone's throw from St Mary's Stadium and I thought it might interest the club as a potential car park site, but Sunseeker would make far more sense.
There's a 3.5 ha waterfront development site at Chapel Riverside (just north of the Itchen bridge) currently on the market through Capita Symmons. It's a stone's throw from St Mary's Stadium and I thought it might interest the club as a potential car park site, but Sunseeker would make far more sense. St Retford

10:55am Wed 8 Jan 14

southamptonadi says...

St Retford wrote:
There's a 3.5 ha waterfront development site at Chapel Riverside (just north of the Itchen bridge) currently on the market through Capita Symmons. It's a stone's throw from St Mary's Stadium and I thought it might interest the club as a potential car park site, but Sunseeker would make far more sense.
is that the old town depot, sunseeker are not marine enough for our council.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: There's a 3.5 ha waterfront development site at Chapel Riverside (just north of the Itchen bridge) currently on the market through Capita Symmons. It's a stone's throw from St Mary's Stadium and I thought it might interest the club as a potential car park site, but Sunseeker would make far more sense.[/p][/quote]is that the old town depot, sunseeker are not marine enough for our council. southamptonadi

11:12am Wed 8 Jan 14

St Retford says...

southamptonadi wrote:
St Retford wrote:
There's a 3.5 ha waterfront development site at Chapel Riverside (just north of the Itchen bridge) currently on the market through Capita Symmons. It's a stone's throw from St Mary's Stadium and I thought it might interest the club as a potential car park site, but Sunseeker would make far more sense.
is that the old town depot, sunseeker are not marine enough for our council.
That's the one.
[quote][p][bold]southamptonadi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: There's a 3.5 ha waterfront development site at Chapel Riverside (just north of the Itchen bridge) currently on the market through Capita Symmons. It's a stone's throw from St Mary's Stadium and I thought it might interest the club as a potential car park site, but Sunseeker would make far more sense.[/p][/quote]is that the old town depot, sunseeker are not marine enough for our council.[/p][/quote]That's the one. St Retford

11:19am Wed 8 Jan 14

Saint Botley says...

Most of the industry that lines the river down there has no need to be on the waterfront. The whole area has the potential for some really nice public spaces, not that the council appear to have any interest in that of course. It would be nice if the football club were able to capitalise on some of that. It's an ideal setting for the sort of bar/hotel/ leisure facilities that some modern stadia now have. Could be very impressive if the club continue to grow the way they all hope they will.
Most of the industry that lines the river down there has no need to be on the waterfront. The whole area has the potential for some really nice public spaces, not that the council appear to have any interest in that of course. It would be nice if the football club were able to capitalise on some of that. It's an ideal setting for the sort of bar/hotel/ leisure facilities that some modern stadia now have. Could be very impressive if the club continue to grow the way they all hope they will. Saint Botley

11:25am Wed 8 Jan 14

Saint Botley says...

Right, I shall spend the rest of the day dreaming of a pint by the waterside on the evening of a Champions League fixture.
Right, I shall spend the rest of the day dreaming of a pint by the waterside on the evening of a Champions League fixture. Saint Botley

11:47am Wed 8 Jan 14

St Retford says...

Saint Botley wrote:
Most of the industry that lines the river down there has no need to be on the waterfront. The whole area has the potential for some really nice public spaces, not that the council appear to have any interest in that of course. It would be nice if the football club were able to capitalise on some of that. It's an ideal setting for the sort of bar/hotel/ leisure facilities that some modern stadia now have. Could be very impressive if the club continue to grow the way they all hope they will.
It's a nice idea. I think the failure of Ocean Village has put quite a few people off waterside leisure developments in the city, but I guess if anyone can make it work then it's Cortese. It depends, I suppose, on whether he sees our longterm future at St Marys or whether we're going to up sticks and move somewhere out-of-town. I really hope we don't.
[quote][p][bold]Saint Botley[/bold] wrote: Most of the industry that lines the river down there has no need to be on the waterfront. The whole area has the potential for some really nice public spaces, not that the council appear to have any interest in that of course. It would be nice if the football club were able to capitalise on some of that. It's an ideal setting for the sort of bar/hotel/ leisure facilities that some modern stadia now have. Could be very impressive if the club continue to grow the way they all hope they will.[/p][/quote]It's a nice idea. I think the failure of Ocean Village has put quite a few people off waterside leisure developments in the city, but I guess if anyone can make it work then it's Cortese. It depends, I suppose, on whether he sees our longterm future at St Marys or whether we're going to up sticks and move somewhere out-of-town. I really hope we don't. St Retford

1:03pm Wed 8 Jan 14

r dido says...

Until such time as a Boatbuilder takes the option of the site.
Warwick Pane & The Builders of Centenary Quay, should be able to come up with a play area for all the deprived kids who have been forced to live there in the Social housing section, they have been naughty & the police can't control them, so they are now forced to walk 200 metres, to the cattle pen up near the smelly sewage works.
That was supposed to happen after WP & co were going to consult with the locals who live at that end, for their views.
Not done! All lies Cattle Pen built Problem solved??????
But he'll be quick to take the credit for the New Sewage treatment works!!!!!!
Until such time as a Boatbuilder takes the option of the site. Warwick Pane & The Builders of Centenary Quay, should be able to come up with a play area for all the deprived kids who have been forced to live there in the Social housing section, they have been naughty & the police can't control them, so they are now forced to walk 200 metres, to the cattle pen up near the smelly sewage works. That was supposed to happen after WP & co were going to consult with the locals who live at that end, for their views. Not done! All lies Cattle Pen built Problem solved?????? But he'll be quick to take the credit for the New Sewage treatment works!!!!!! r dido

11:34pm Wed 8 Jan 14

03alpe01 says...

southamptonadi wrote:
St Retford wrote:
There's a 3.5 ha waterfront development site at Chapel Riverside (just north of the Itchen bridge) currently on the market through Capita Symmons. It's a stone's throw from St Mary's Stadium and I thought it might interest the club as a potential car park site, but Sunseeker would make far more sense.
is that the old town depot, sunseeker are not marine enough for our council.
The only thing that is marine enough for Southampton City Council is a block of flats. And don't let anyone tell you otherwise
[quote][p][bold]southamptonadi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: There's a 3.5 ha waterfront development site at Chapel Riverside (just north of the Itchen bridge) currently on the market through Capita Symmons. It's a stone's throw from St Mary's Stadium and I thought it might interest the club as a potential car park site, but Sunseeker would make far more sense.[/p][/quote]is that the old town depot, sunseeker are not marine enough for our council.[/p][/quote]The only thing that is marine enough for Southampton City Council is a block of flats. And don't let anyone tell you otherwise 03alpe01

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