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The new building by the harbour entrance is complete and Bob Spalding Marine will be moving its operations to the new secure compound - complete with a network of new security cameras. The move will not only provide better facilities for Spaldings, but will also have benefits for the harbour.
The old Spalding building is to be refurbished. Some of the space will be occupied by SYH and some by the Classic Sailing Club. The CSC is not a sailing club in the usual sense. It owns six classic boats, which are run on a time-share basis.
The new building by the harbour entrance, which is to be the new office and showroom for Bob Spalding Marine and Leisure, is rapidly taking shape.
Now the windows have been fitted, the strong "family resemblance" of the building to the Harbour Room is becoming clear!
Boats will soon be moved to the new secure compound, and it is expected that the business will move into the new premises before the end of July.
New home for Bob Spalding Marine
Work has started on the new, architect-designed headquarters for Bob Spalding Marine, alongside the security barrier at the main site entrance.
As well as the new office and showroom, there will be a secure, floodlit compound to store and display trailer boats.
SYH will take over the existing buildings and large fore court area. This will not only greatly ease the flow of traffic and heavy equipment around the site but also free up more (much-needed) hard-standing area for winter lay-up of yachts.
The new Spalding building has been designed by architects Wincer Kievenaar along similar lines to the Harbour Room. At the time of writing, the footings and framework are in place, and "fitting out" is just starting.
Pip Hildesley, who is planning to take part in the OSTAR single-handed race across the Atlantic this summer in her Oyster Lightwave 39, known as The Shed, has chosen SYH as the base for her preparations.
The ocean crossing should hold no fears for former dinghy instructor Pip, who recently delivered her boat single-handed to the UK from Uruguay!
"We are delighted to be giving her assistance with her refit," said SYH managing director Jonathan Dyke. "She is looking for sponsorship!"
You can follow Pip's blog of her adventures on the Yachting World website at http://http://www.yachtingworld.com/yw/blog/going_solo.html