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.