Dutch superyacht builder Holland Jachtbouw has laid the foundations of a new building that will accommodate halls and offices at its shipyard in Zaandam.

Phase One is due for completion by the end of 2014. The project comprises a nHJB2ew 1,560sq m state-of-the-art hangar measuring 18.5m in height. Additionally, the building works will provide a lengthened  main construction hall of 55m.

The space will provide for new projects about to come in later this year, including the Tripp 46m sailing superyacht and the Dijkstra-designed 51m schooner, Rainbow II (formerly Hamburg).

New design offices will be located between the build halls, providing an all-round view of each project in build or refit, as well as overlooking the 120m of the shipyard’s waterfront.

Managing director Roeland Franssens explains: “This new construction in the shipyard is in part due to our new-build projects coming into the shipyard later this year. We need more space to accommodate further refits and additional new-build projects in 2015, and this also provides a ‘bird’s eye view’ for the managing project teams.”

HJB4In addition, Holland Jachtbouw has announced that Geert Kuijpers has joined the team in the role of commercial manager. Kuijpers has many years’ experience in the sailing industry, having recently been heavily involved with the expansion of Hall Spars in Europe. Highlights in his career include working with various IMS racing yachts, TP 52s and a number of Mini Maxi, Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup campaigns. He has raced in many Rolex regattas, along with the Caribbean circuit and Copa del Rey.

Based in Zaandam, on the outskirts of Amsterdam, Holland Jachtbouw specialises in custom superyacht projects.