Project Name: Aquila
Date Delivered: 2017
Submitted By: Pendennis
Shipyard: Pendennis
Interior Designer: Redman Whiteley Dixon and Susan Young Interiors
Exterior Designer: Redman Whiteley Dixon and Susan Young Interiors

Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth, Cornwall has re-delivered the 85.6m motor yacht AQUILA, after an extensive refit programme which took exactly one year to complete. AQUILA is the largest yacht to be refitted in the UK, and the scope of the work undertaken included an impressive revitalisation of all five deck levels.

Redman Whiteley Dixon (RWD) and Susan Young Interiors were commissioned to evaluate the existing room and exterior layouts to reformulate spaces and to improve flow between each area of the yacht. Significant enhancements included reconfiguring the Owner’s suite along with the addition of a 60m2 private deck area, repositioning the jacuzzi to the forward sun deck, and integrating a cinema into the Main Salon.

The designers used a mix of dark wood finishes, pale leather panels with nickel trim. Many new special surface materials all interplayed together to offer subtle style variations throughout the interior. This was achieved by using a collaborative mix of glass and marble, with predominantly grey and petrol blue tones complemented by almost black eucalyptus wood veneers, framed by stainless steel and completed with exotic finishes such as tobacco leaf panels. Dramatic features are used to enhance the feel, including a 11.2m handmade Czech glass chandelier which cascades through four deck levels in the central stairwell comprising of over 850 individual hand-blown glass pieces creating shards of light across the white marble floor.

The 85.6m motor yacht offers an abundance of deck space divided into sections to cater for different occasions. The new forward sun deck offers a large jacuzzi, day bar and treatment room. All four decks aft offer an abundance of space for al fresco dining, relaxing and socialising. AQUILA also boasts a dedicated party deck complete with DJ booth, AV system, smoke machine and light show.
The new configuration has removed the pool and placed it on the forward section of the deck. The now larger aft deck has a light-up bar, central seating area and loungers further back. It’s a sign of the uncompromising nature of the Aquila project that the old step was removed and a new one added, just a couple of feet further aft, to give the upper space a little more sweep. The forward portion of the sundeck, meanwhile, places a large superyacht spa pool surrounded by sun pads at the private forward end leaving ample space for a bar and sofa. A pantry has been converted to a massage and spa room inside, too.