Working in partnership with the local authority, the Trust has undertaken an ambitious ten year regeneration scheme that focuses on securing a two-hectare site called Harvey’s Foundry.
A master plan was prepared in 1996 and updated in 2002, and the scheme has been undertaken in a phased approach. With phases 1 and 2 now complete two listed buildings have been redeveloped to create office and workspace (John Harvey House and Foundry Farm) and a stylish office building (Dowren House) was been built.
In total we provide over 8,000 sq ft. of office space, 13 workshops for creative industry based business and 3 live/work units (which were the first of their kind in West Cornwall). We have been highly successful; there are 40 businesses based on our site with over 100 high quality jobs being created in ICT, marketing, graphic/digital design and the creative and cultural industries. The scheme has won a number of awards; most recently in 2016 a Planning Award for best use of heritage, Arts, Culture or Sport in peacemaking. Over the years we have also won a Civic Trust award, Green Apple Award and a commendation from RIBA we are also held as an exemplar project by the Prince's Regeneration Trust on how to use historic buildings in effective regeneration. (You can see a case study undertaken by the Prince’s Regeneration Trust and analysis of outcomes.)
We pursue our education values through a variety of mechanisms which are principally channelled through Hayle Heritage Centre which we opened in 2013. We also have a community archive centre and ran a two year Oral History Project.
For more information on the heritage centre please go to the Heritage Centre website.