Harvey's Foundry, Hayle

At one time 80% of the world's steam pumping engines were produced in Hayle. When the area suffered wide industrial decline, the Foundry was left redundant.

We were approached by the local community in Hayle to help them develop plans to conserve and reuse the remaining parts of Harvey's Foundry. We helped them develop a strategy to set up a local building preservation group and supported a phased approach with careful consideration to the preservation of heritage and to supporting the community's needs.

Phase I restored the most prominent building, the former drawing office. This created a rentable office and was a clear sign to the community that regeneration was not only possible, but had begun. This work also provided a new-build space to accommodate small businesses and generate more income to support wider regeneration efforts.

Phase II restored and adapted the Foundry farm buildings into 16 craft and art workshops, three of which are occupied.

This £2.3m project has already led to a further £4.3m of private investment.

Phase III will create more work space and a heritage information centre. So far over 100 jobs have been created on the site and the project has also had a noticeable positive effect on the regeneration of the town.

Since the start of the project, Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape has been added to the list of World Heritage sites.