UK naval architect studio has worked with many world leading shipyards and builders including Abeking & Rasmussen, Richards Shipyards, Benetti, Berthon, DML, Pendennis and Viareggio Superyachts to name but a few.

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Naval architect studio Laurent Giles in the UK prepates to celebrates its 90th anniversary this year.

Based in Lymington, Hampshire, the company was founded by Jack Laurent Giles in 1927 and quickly establishing himself as a pioneer in new design and construction techniques.

Laurent Giles was the first to design Gulvai,  the all-aluminium offshore racing yacht. He was also one of the first to adopt GRP construction in the early 1960’s.

Whilst many of his early designs were “gentleman’s” sailing yachts the pursuit of performance was always paramount and honed in racing yacht design, this included the America’s Cup Yacht Flica II.

The last 90 years have seen Laurent Giles work with many world leading shipyards and builders including Abeking & Rasmussen, Richards Shipyards, Benetti, Berthon, DML, Pendennis and Viareggio Superyachts to name but a few.

“The passion and innovation instilled by Jack is embedded in the company’s DNA that bears his name and we continue to innovate, push the boundaries and strive for perfection as Jack did,” comments managing director David Lewis.

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Design concept Atlas

Today, Laurent Giles is pursuing the latest developments in new construction materials and methods including hybrid diesel, electric pod drive propulsion systems as well as advances in communications and navigation.

The studio claims that other areas of expertise are refined hull design and optimization, hydrofoil advances and fully eco motor and sailing yachts.

“With concepts like the 110m motor-sailor Atlas, we can say with confidence that Laurent Giles will continue in the vein of Jack Laurent Giles,” says Stephen Wallis, director and senior naval architect.