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£3.7M Lottery grant to complete regeneration of historic Cornish foundry in Hayle

Grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund

12 February 2015. Today, Harvey’s Foundry Trust has been awarded £3.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to complete the 10-year regeneration of Hayle’s 18th-century Harvey’s Foundry. 

This new £3.7million will enable the Trust to save the final buildings on the site, transforming two Grade II listed buildings into 18 high-quality office units with the capacity to create over 80 new jobs for the town.   
The project will also enable the Trust to run an apprenticeship scheme in traditional building techniques during the construction period, which will be delivered in partnership with Cornwall College.  A wide range of learning and community activities will also connect the site with over 2,000 residents and visitors to the town.

Part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, Harvey’s Foundry was established in 1779 and for over 200 years was renowned for Cornish ingenuity and engineering excellence.  During the Industrial Revolution, it powered heavy industries ranging from mining to ship-building. Unfortunately, as the Cornish mining industry collapsed the company went into decline. In the early 1900’s it was closed and the site was subsequently divided up and sold off.  As the fortune of Hayle demised, so did the site with buildings being abandoned and subjected to arson attacks.

Today, the site has benefitted from a regeneration programme spanning 10 years that has seen it transformed into a vibrant hub housing 40 businesses creating over 150 local jobs. This HLF grant completes the funding package for this £4.7 million redevelopment that also has been received support from English Heritage, Garfield Weston Foundation and the Headley Trust.

George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, said:  “I am really pleased the Heritage Lottery Fund has decided to award almost £4 million to complete the restoration of Harvey’s Foundry in Hayle. We have a rich industrial heritage in Camborne, Redruth & Hayle and this funding will allow Harvey’s Foundry Trust to preserve an important historical site, attract new jobs and businesses to the area and provide an exciting range of learning activities to schools and visitors.” 

This money has been awarded through HLF’s Heritage Enterprise programme.  It is designed to help when the cost of repairing an historic building is so high that restoration simply is not commercially viable. Grants of £100k to £5million bridge the financial gap, funding the vital repairs and conservation work needed to convert derelict, vacant buildings like those at Harvey’s, into new, usable commercial spaces that can have a positive impact on local economies.

Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: “The regeneration of Harvey’s Foundry is a real success story.  It demonstrates how - with enthusiasm, vision and investment - historic buildings not only provide inspirational spaces where enterprise can thrive, but also make a positive impact on local economies across the UK.  With Heritage Enterprise, HLF is helping with the high costs of restoring vacant and underused heritage buildings – making them fit-for-purpose as commercial spaces and providing an economic boost to those places that need it most.”

Brian Capper Chair of Harvey’s Foundry Trust said:  “This is great news and just reward for our staff, consultants, volunteers and board members who have worked hard for nearly four years to bring this project forward and raise the funds for Phase 3 to proceed. On behalf of the Board of Trustees I thank the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage for their confidence in our ability to deliver such a large project and look forward to building work commencing soon.”

John Pollard leader of Cornwall Council said:  “This is the final section of the regeneration of Foundry lane and the Harvey’s Foundry Complex.  Congratulations to the Trust in securing a funding package which will not only provide jobs and support the Heritage centre but importantly take two historically significant but derelict buildings and create a modern and vital useage for them. I have been involved in this project since the late 1980’s and the successful delivery of this project is the culmination of all our ambition and hopes – brilliant!!”

For more information about Heritage Enterprise and to see a short film, visit www.hlf.org.uk

For more information on the project and the Trust, please call Laura Christon on 01736 757683.

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Trust secures £75,000 additional funding for Phase 3

Grants from Garfield Weston Foundation and Headley Trust

The Trust is delighted to announce that it has secured an additional £75,000 of grant funding to go towards the Phase 3 project. We have received £50,000 from the Garfield Weston foundation and £25,000 from the Headley Trust, this money will go towards the capital cost of rebuilding the Pattern Store and Plantation.

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Hayle Heritage Centre Opening!

Open to the public
30 August 2013

On the 30th of August Hayle Heritage Centre will be opening to the public. Based at John Harvey House on Foundry Square, this centre gives residents and visitors a chance to learn about Hayle’s fascinating history.

As part of our grand opening we are running a number of free activities from storytelling sessions to a guided tour and kids craft afternoon.

For more information on the exciting activities planned check out our website at www.hayleheritagecentre.org.uk

Hayle Heritage Centre

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£4million Lottery grant secures future of historic Cornish foundry

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to complete the regeneration of Harvey’s Foundry and attract private investment to Hayle.

Harvey’s Foundry Trust has been awarded £4million from HLF to conserve and adapt for commercial use the remaining derelict Grade II listed buildings at the 19th Century Harvey’s Foundry in Hayle, Cornwall. 
This new grant will unlock the potential of the final two historic buildings on the site.  It will fund vital repairs that will enable them to be converted to office space.  These buildings will then have the potential to attract an additional £4million of private investment that will boost Hayle’s local economy and potentially create 84 new jobs.

Part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, Harvey’s Foundry was established in 1779 and for over 200 years was renowned for Cornish ingenuity and engineering excellence.  During the Industrial Revolution, it powered heavy industries ranging from mining to ship-building. Unfortunately, as the Cornish mining industry collapsed the company went into decline. In the early 1900’s it was closed and the site was subsequently divided up and sold off.   As the fortune of Hayle demised, so did the site with buildings being abandoned and subjected to arson attacks.

This new funding, awarded through HLF’s innovative Heritage Enterprise programme, heralds the final phase of the 10 year regeneration of Harvey’s Foundry.  The regeneration has already seen this derelict, yet historically important, site transformed into a vibrant centre housing forty businesses that have generated over 150 jobs. 

Brian Capper Chair of the Trust, said:

“The Heritage Lottery Fund received many high quality applications from around the country and we are delighted that our bid has been successful. There is much work still to do to secure match funding and finalise the details but this grant is a massive show of support for the Trustees, staff and supporters of the Trust and I congratulate them all and thank them for their efforts.”

HLF’s Heritage Enterprise programme addresses ‘market failure’ - where buildings have previously failed to attract investment or realise their commercial potential because the cost of repair has meant that they were not commercially viable.  This Lottery investment is now bridging that financial gap, enabling vital repairs and conservation works to transform the remaining buildings at Harvey’s.

Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said:

“The successful regeneration of Harvey’s Foundry keenly demonstrates how heritage-led regeneration can directly spur local economic growth.  However, these types of historic buildings are not without their financial challenges and so the Heritage Lottery Fund is giving communities the tools they need to attract investment. This grant represents the final piece in the jigsaw for Harvey’s that will see it return to the centre of Hayle’s local economy.”

John Pollard leader of Cornwall council said:

I congratulate all involved in achieving this grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This is one of the first Heritage Enterprise grants in the South West and will enable Harvey's Foundry Trust to continue the regeneration of Foundry Lane and provide much needed work space.

Now that this grant is approved a much more detailed stage two bid process will begin and further consultation events will be arranged.

For more information about Heritage Enterprise and see our film, visit www.hlf.org.uk.

For more information on the project and the Trust, please call Laura Christon on 01736 757683.

Phase 3 Development

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Welcome to Harvey's Foundry Trust

Promoting the Preservation & Development of the former Harvey's Foundry Site in Hayle, Cornwall

Hayle is a town forged during the Industrial revolution by the growth of two great companies - at the eastern end of the town the famous Cornish Copper Company and in the west the innovative and pioneering iron foundry of Harvey and Company.

John Harvey founded the company in the 1790's and under his son Henry and subsequent generations of managers and engineers it grew into a world wide organisation producing mining equipment and most notably steam pumping engines.

Since 1986 a group of like minded people have campaigned to protect what is left of the buildings and structures associated with Harvey & Co. and to encourage a wider understanding of the heritage of the Company and the Town.

This website offers links to our many partners, describes the Trust and our work, and explains the history of the town and Harvey & Co. It also describes our ambitious plans for a heritage site here at the Foundry.

If you have any association with Harvey & Co or an interest in Hayle and its heritage we would be delighted to hear from you.

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