Local Merseyside young designer
impresses with philanthropic superyacht design
PHILANTHROPIC design took centre stage
at this year's annual Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition 2018, in
partnership with Pendennis Shipyard and Olesinski, as Thomas Scowcroft, a
promising young design talent from Merseyside, competed in the prestigious event
at London Boat Show on Thursday, 11 January 2018.
Hand picked to compete out of University students from across the UK, Katherine,
a product design student from the University of Central Lancashire, impressed
the judges with his creativity, ingenuity and engineering capabilities.
The prestigious annual Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition is run by
industry representatives, Superyacht UK, an association of British Marine. 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.
The competition is judged by a
world class panel of designers and superyacht experts, including:- Chairman of Superyacht UK, Peter Brown from Burgess, Stephen Hills from Pendennis Shipyard,
Justin Olesinski from Olesinski, Tony Dixon of RWD, Bill Dixon of Dixon Yacht
Design, Dimitris Hadjidimos of D-iD Limited and former Superyacht UK Young
Designer 2016 winner, Dastinas Steponenas.
This year's design competition was unlike any other. Rather than being greeted
with a blank piece of paper, the 10 competing students from:- Coventry University,
Southampton Solent University, Staffordshire University, University of Central
Lancashire, University of Plymouth and University of Wales, Trinity St David
were tasked to transform a 52.12m ex-navy vessel, the Ocean Star, into a bespoke superyacht.
It was a tight race which left the judges divided, but in the end 2 young
designers shone out from the rest. Christopher Mobley, a Transport Design
student, from Staffordshire University, was crowned the winner, whilst Ashley
Scott, a product design student from the University of Plymouth, secured the
title of runner up.
Thomas was tasked with designing the ideal superyacht for a proclaimed
philanthropist, looking for the prefer vessel to support research into the
problem of plastics in our oceans, whilst also offering luxury transport to
peruse his passion for adventurous and unique holidays.
Peter Brown, Chairman of Superyacht UK, comments:- "Both Christopher and
Ashley's designs were sympathetic to the DNA of the original vessel whilst still
coming up with innovative designs truly encompassing the character of the brief.
A huge congratulations to all the students who were selected to compete in this
It is great to see so much up and coming talent from our British universities
and we hope this competition has helped inspire these students with the
diversity and wonders of a career in the superyacht sector and the connections
and experiences they have gained throughout the competition prove fruitful. We
look forward to seeing these students, and many more like them, driving forward
Britain's superyacht powerhouses in the future."
On competing in the competition, Thomas Scowcroft, remarks:- "Competing in
the Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition was a learning curve. It was a
brand new experience for me and I will be taking away a lot of new skills and
VIEW highlights of the Superyacht UK Young Designer competition, in partnership
with Pendennis Shipyard and Olesinski.
Investigation underway following a
firearms discharge in Bootle
ON Tuesday, 16 January 2018, at 10pm,
Merseyside Police Officers were contacted by the North West Ambulance Service
following reports that a male, in his 20's, had suffered an injury to his
buttocks, which was consistent with a firearm being discharged. It's believed
that the male had been on Akenside Street, with a second male, when a silver
Ford Focus car pulled up alongside them and a shot was fired from the inside of
the car. The male has been taken to Hospital where his injuries were described
as non life threatening. The car was then believed to have been driven off along
Akenside Street, in the direction of Derby Road. The motive for the attack is
currently unclear and an investigation is underway.
Chief Inspector Diane Pownall said:- "An investigation into the full
circumstances surrounding this incident is underway. I would appeal to anyone
who May have seen anyone acting suspiciously in and around Akenside Street,
shortly before or after the incident to contact us, as any information they have
could be vital to our inquiries. Likewise if you saw any light coloured cars in
the area at that time, or have any home CCTV or dashcam footage, let us know. I
can assure you that all information will be acted upon. To use a firearm in the
street is clearly incredibly reckless and we are determined to find those
responsible and bring them to justice. We need communities to stand together to
get these cowardly individuals off our streets and take firearms out of
circulation. We have acted and will continue to act on all information about
such incidents, but we need you to help us build up the evidence against these
offenders who are prepared to put our communities at risk so that we can make
the streets safer for you and your families." Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is encouraged to
contact Officers on the Matrix Serious and Organised Crime Gun Crime Hotline
on:- 0800 230 0600 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers
All Tesco stores in Southport now
donating to good causes as meal total hits 41,611
MORE than 40,000 meals have been
provided to charities and community groups in Southport thanks to Tesco's
surplus food redistribution scheme Community Food Connection. The total has been
released to mark the roll-out of the scheme across all of Tesco's stores across
the UK. Stores are able to provide surplus food every night. To date more than
20 million meals have been provided to charities and community groups taking
part in the scheme, with food for 600,000 meals a week now being provided to
good causes across the UK, saving them money which can be used to provide other
In Southport Tesco's initiative has seen 41,611 meals donated to local groups
including homeless shelters, community centres, breakfast clubs, and groups
providing food to vulnerable older people.
The Community Food Connection programme is run in conjunction with FareShare and
FoodCloud. Good causes are able to link up with local Tesco stores, from small
Express stores to big Tesco Extras, via an innovative app that allows store
teams to alert them to surplus unsold food items available at the end of each
day. Not only does the scheme benefit the community groups involved, but it also
prevents unsold food going to waste.
Tesco's Head of Community Alec Brown said:- "We know that Community Food
Connection is making a real difference to communities in Southport by providing
people in need with meals from food that would otherwise go to waste.
Now that all of our stores are taking part in Community Food Connection there
are more opportunities than ever for groups to benefit from the free food
provided under the scheme. I would invite any group that thinks they could
benefit from the scheme to contact FareShare, as we have the capacity to help
even more good causes." Tesco helped develop the nationwide scheme in partnership with food
redistribution charity, FareShare using an app created by the small social
Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive of FareShare, said:- "This is an
incredible milestone in store level food redistribution to charities which Tesco
has made possible since developing the programme with FareShare and FoodCloud.
Tesco has led the way with introducing such a step change in tackling their
store surplus food and having seen the scheme grow and create such impact for
vulnerable people, it proves that it can deliver very obvious results which can
benefit other retailers and their local communities too." Tesco and FareShare are calling on charities and community groups across
Southport to register for the scheme, which sees food including fresh produce
such as fruit, vegetables and bakery products, as well as chilled products like
meat, cheese and ready meals, donated for free to groups that sign up.
If you are a charity or community group that could benefit go on to the
support of Community Food Connection
website to register.