Less than one month after being inducted into the Club Marine Marina of the Year Awards Hall of Fame, Rivergate Marina and Shipyard has confirmed the next step in the brand’s expansion: the concept for a luxury, five-storey building devoted to both captains and owners.
Named the Trade Centre, this premier riverfront building is intended to provide guests with onshore facilities and resort-style amenities such as a recreation hub, an exclusive captains and owners lounge as well as a rooftop that offers a pool, sauna, gymnasium and daily yoga classes.
The recreation hub will also feature a modern communal area with lounge, billiards table, large flat-screen TV, commercial kitchen and an outdoor BBQ facility.
Additional elements of this new facility include office spaces, training rooms to up-skill apprentices, cafe, crew accommodation and extensive car parking.
“This is a very exciting project for the industry and for Brisbane to have a facility of this scale and calibre dedicated to superyacht crew and captains,” said superyacht interior designer and Boat Style Yacht Interiors Founder/Director Sarah Egan, who will be designing the facilities.
“Ordinarily, a yacht would come into a marina or shipyard and the crew would have to find accommodation close to where their vessel was being worked on,” she continued.
Rivergate Director Tom Hill says: “The Trade Centre is going to be a game-changing facility not just for the superyacht industry in Australia but around the world.”
“This centre will be a catalyst for a major increase in superyacht visitation to Australia and the wider Pacific region and encourage captains and crew to stay longer in our region.”
The confirmation of this new facility trails the brand’s planned $200 million expansion that will also see the inclusion of a Synchrolift ship lift capable of lifting 3,000 tonnes to facilitate inspections, maintenance, repairs and refits.