Local student to compete in
leading super yacht design competition
THOMAS Scowcroft, a promising young design talent from
Merseyside, has been handpicked from across Britain to compete live at the
London Boat Show 2018 for the iconic title of Super Yacht UK Young Designer
2018. Standing between them and the coveted title will be their imaginative
transformation of an ex-military vessel into an exquisite, bespoke explorer
Currently studying for a BA (Hons) in Product Design at the University of
Central Lancashire, he will be up against strong contenders in this year's
The prestigious annual Super Yacht UK Young Designer Competition is run by
industry representatives, Super Yacht UK, an association of British Marine, and
kicks off on the 1st day of the prestigious London Boat Show, taking place from
10 January to 14 January 2018.
It is the only competition of its kind in the UK and is among a select few
across the world to recognise future design talent and provide them the
opportunity to truly grow such talent within the industry. In recent years, the
competition has been a launch pad for some of today's most ambitious super yacht
designers and naval architects.
Thomas will be hoping to secure himself the winning prize of a 4 week internship
at world leading custom super yacht builder and refit specialists and event
sponsor, Pendennis Shipyard. There he will get the invaluable opportunity to
develop his understanding of how to translate great design into practical
production working on one of the shipyard's high profile projects.
The talented runner up will receive the prize of a unique 2 week internship at
world leading design and naval architecture studio and event sponsor, Olesinski
based on the Isle of Wight.
Explaining his life long ambition to be a designer, Thomas Scowcroft says:-
"Ever since I was a young boy I have had a passion for design. It is the motive
for me being an aspiring designer today. I appreciate the natural forms and
attention to detail within these companies who design luxury yachts. The
competition will vastly benefit me in developing my sketching skills to a more
refined level. It will also give me an insight into how these fascinating
vessels are designed."
Peter Brown, Chairman of Super Yacht UK, commented:- "The UK remains a
global hub for super yacht design and Super Yacht UK is keen to help nurture the
next generation of design talent. The core skill of hand sketching is
increasingly rare and is often dismissed in favour of software generated design
work and so the challenge for young designers becomes 1 of differentiating
themselves from much of the competition by employing a more traditional skill
set when the situation demands it."
Stephen Hills, Projects Director at Pendennis Shipyard and judge of the Super
Yacht UK Young Designer Competition 2018, added:- "The Super Yacht UK
Young Designer Competition is a unique platform for showcasing the range of
design talent from British universities and colleges. Since being involved as a
sponsor, Pendennis has always been impressed with the imagination, hard work and
enthusiasm shown by the candidates during the Show, as well as the high calibre
of each winner during their subsequent internship at the yard. We are very much
looking forward to seeing the young designers at work during the London Boat
Show once more; the range of responses to the brief and the calibre of drawings
produced are always impressive."