Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Londons Super Yacht Hotel Concept Dropped

Super Yacht Hotel Plan Scuppered

Plans to build the worlds largest super yacht specifically to serve as a luxury hotel have been shelved. Aquiva the Dubai based company behind the concept had hoped its new superyacht hotel gambit would offer additional bed space in London during the Olympic Games but now says that because of the downturn in the worlds economy, they will not proceed with the plan.

The idea was to permanently locate superyachts to serve as hotels in top international locations worldwide with London’s Canary Wharf being the first site. Each yacht was to have been specifically designed to suit the location and whilst the design ethos was to have been consistent, each yacht would have been individually styled to suit the location.

London’s super yacht hotel was to, be manoeuvred alongside Canary Wharf and be fully operational in time for 2012 despite local opposition to the plans by residents who had originally claimed the yacht would ruin the views from their homes.

At 170 metres long with a beam of nearly 24 metres and a height of 30 metres this yacht would have become the largest yacht commission in the world. With striking styling, the plans provided 7 decks creating living quarters on a grand scale, all connected via a central atrium serviced by 2 full height glass lifts. Designed to full SOLAS regulations, the planned yacht featured full energy efficiency creating a low heat signature and carbon rating.

With 7 decks creating living quarters on a grand scale, all were to be connected via a central atrium serviced by 2 full height glass lifts, the planned yacht featured 180 rooms, including 22 suites with standard room sizes of 40m2, that would have been among the largest in the City, with many of the suites, up to 90m2, featuring private decks on which guests could relax. Exclusive executive deck levels would have further raised the hotel’s standards, with additional lounge and spa areas. At the higher levels duplex suites would have offered the incredible views and spacious floor plans usually accredited with central city apartments

Designed to full SOLAS regulations, the yacht would have if built, featured full energy efficiency creating a low heat signature and carbon rating. She will carry a ‘Clean Seas’ policy utilising new technology for the reduction of emissions and waste products.

The company had earlier reported securing site options in prominent international cities around the world, to allow rapid international roll out in a strategy to ensure cost benefits result from consecutive building of yachts and that the rate of building is optimised by having numerous sites pre-secured.

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