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.
Phase III is now underway and will create more work space a further 80 jobs, and will deliver a range of training and learning opportunities during construction.
So far over 8,000 sq ft. of office space has been created, 13 workshops and 3 live/work units, and there are now 40 businesses based at the site, with 100 jobs so far created. 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. The scheme has also won a number of awards; most recently in 2016 a Planning Award for best use of heritage, Arts, Culture or Sport.