Luxury ocean and river cruise retailer deploys shipbuilding materials in office refurb


The build of the new Panache Cruises HQ in Chorley, UK, has been completed on time and within budget. In what is thought to be a first for a cruise retail business, the project saw extensive use of ship building materials as part of the build.

The project has seen three separate offices converted into one expansive working and recreation space. Designed by architectural services firm Elizabeth George, the new Panache Cruises head office will accommodate the company’s rapidly growing team, which has more than doubled in the past 12 months.

The project has seen the extensive use of shipping materials that are more commonly deployed in the marine and the offshore industries. Sourced from Hampshire-based Temprotech, a range of specialist materials have been used in Panache Cruises’ commercial office environment to protect flooring, doorways, walls and furniture.

James Cole, Founder and CEO, Panache Cruises, explained: “When visiting the stunning new ship Oceania Vista before its official launch earlier this year, I spotted some materials that were being used to protect the ship’s new interiors. I was so impressed with the quality that I made a note of the company name with a view to using similar products for our forthcoming office refurbishment project. That company turned out to be a UK based supplier of materials to the marine sector called Temprotech.”

“In addition to protecting our existing floor and wall coverings, we have used an edge protector to prevent damage to doorways and new furniture. Interestingly, the certified flame retardancy of their protection materials, which is a necessity in the marine industry, proved invaluable in protecting various areas from sparks that were created during the steel fabrication work.”

“We have been very impressed with the results and many of these materials can be reused as well, which was an important environmental consideration for us. Easy and quick to deploy due to the self-adhesive nature of each product, our builders have been incredibly impressed with the quality too.”