Vitruvius Yachts touts awards and new projects

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London-based Vitruvius Yachts enters 2016 with accolades for projects that include its 239-foot flagship yacht, M/Y Grace E.

Delivered in 2014 by Picchiotti, part of the Perini Navi Group, the yacht has received an additional six awards from the International Superyacht Society, ShowBoats International and the World Superyacht Awards.

The yacht design and naval architecture company, led by Veerle Battiau and Philippe Briand, signed two new build projects at Feadship de Vries in Holland and Turquoise in Turkey.

The project to be built at Feadship de Vries is a 190-foot motoryacht that is due for delivery in 2018.

The 262-foot VY80 is the first yacht to be commissioned under the newly rebranded Turquoise name; completion is expected in 2018.

Vitruvius also announced a number of new collaborative projects for design concepts and is undertaking its first land-based project, a “land yacht” yacht club based in Hong Kong and due for completion in 2017.

The company was approached by the investment company New World, which owns a yacht club in Hong Kong, to realize its new facilities as a land yacht. Briand and his team will be involved in every aspect of the club’s new setup, including staff uniforms and designing the building to full yacht code standards and marine design philosophies.

“We are excited by what the future holds at Vitruvius Yachts,” said director Veerle Battiau in a statement. “As well as our ongoing relationship with Picchiotti, this year we secured some wonderful new projects that look set to take our designs in new and challenging directions. The vision of our head designer Philippe Briand, complemented by the skills of his 10-strong team of design and naval architecture specialists, is now to be realized by world-class superyacht builders in three countries within the next three years.”

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