Modernisation of a Yacht Club steeped in maritime heritage


Royal Southern Yacht Club


Marina Projects, Opus International



Deacon Design’s Southern office lies at the heart of the Solent and its proximity to the UK’s maritime heritage provides opportunities to engage with the marine industry.

The RYSC  – which dates back to 1837 – is an international destination for the sailing fraternity, based in the heart of the Hamble River. The yacht club –  with its excellent facilities, prides itself in hosting internationally renowned events across the calendar.

Prince Philip Yacht Haven

Forming part of a modernisation programme, the Prince Philip Yacht Haven included a new ecologically-sound ‘living wall’, improved mooring facilities (accessible to all), multifunctional land-based facilities and a new Quarter Deck for al fresco dining. Founder director Phil Deacon was involved in developing the external design and materials palette that reinforced the character of the Yacht Club and secured its long-term setting for hosting World Class events.

Design Collaboration

The design for the cantilevered deck, and wider flood protection measures, required close coordination with the lead consultants Marina Projects Ltd and engineers Opus International Consultants (UK) Ltd as well as regular stakeholder meetings with the Club’s steering group.

Delivering The Club’s Ethos

The Club’s rich heritage and coastal setting helped inform the landscape concept. This included modern materials able to withstand the tough salt conditions, contemporary landscape planting and bespoke furniture. The proposals created a strong sense of arrival, emphasising the stunning waterfront views while reflecting the club’s historical setting in the Hamble Conservation Area.

This scheme is one of which Phil Deacon is most proud (whilst at Influence Environmental), and the £2.6m project was officially opened by HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh in June 2015.

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