After months of careful preparation and consultation with the local Dutch council, work is now proceeding apace on a 166-metre second hall at our yard in Makkum. The expansion of the impressive complex in Makkum – known locally as "the cathedral", which can be seen for miles around – also includes new offices and workshops. The first phase of this project is due to be completed by November 2019.
“This development involves a considerable investment,” says director Henk de Vries. “While the good Feadship order book is one reason for increasing capacity, as a family business we find it crucial to secure the future for generations to come. The community of Makkum has very close ties with this yard. The people who work at Feadship are our most valuable asset and many others are connected because their neighbours or children work here or they support our business in some way.”
The new hall will enable the Makkum team to work on two large yachts simultaneously. Continuity plays a role for the craftsmen: painters, pipefitters, plumbers, engineers... All the different disciplines work on a Feadship at different stages of construction and the second hall will make it easier and more efficient to gently transition from one project to the next.
The new hall will include a 140-metre dry dock of 21.5-metres wide allowing for the construction of longer and beamier yachts. The new offices and workshops will be strategically situated between both halls, with two of the current buildings being preserved: It Strânhûs (an iconic 1970s office design) and the former wood shop, a characteristic brick building with blue sliding doors dating back to the early years of the yard which will be beautifully renovated.