£1.9m foundry project moves step closer

The £1.9 million regeneration of Harvey’s Foundry in Hayle has moved a step closer with the appointment of a team of top architects to design the flagship project.

South West architects Stride Treglown, with offices in Plymouth, Bristol, Cardiff and London, have been appointed to draw up a detailed scheme to restore and convert 24 Foundry Square, a listed building, into an archive, research and training centre.

The centre will be run by Cornwall’s County Record Office and will be based on a comprehensive industrial archive which records the part Hayle and the Harvey foundries played in laying the foundations of Britain’s industrial revolution.

Stride Treglown will also design a new building on site to house offices and workspace. The remainder of the area will be paved and landscaped.

Phase one of the Harvey’s Foundry project is part of a wider plan to transform the area from a derelict and decaying site into a vibrant centre containing workspace, artisan studios, offices, and cultural and visitor facilities.

The £1.9 million cost of the first phase is being supported with an Objective One grant of almost £800,000.

Other funding has come from Cornwall County Council, English Heritage, Penwith District Council, the South West Regional Development Agency and the Single Regeneration Budget.

Jim McKenna, chief executive of Penwith District Council, said: “Stride Treglown have a track record for creating modern buildings within traditional exteriors, which is exactly what we need in this flagship project for Hayle.

“We want to create a modern research centre while retaining the important historical character of 24 Foundry Square, and the new office building must be in keeping with its surroundings.”

Kevin McDonald, director of Stride Treglown’s Plymouth office, said: “Harvey’s Foundry is an exciting and challenging project for us and is of huge importance to Cornwall’s industrial heritage.

“We’ll be working closely with English Heritage to ensure we deliver a scheme which is sympathetic to its historical surroundings and meets the aspirations of local people.”

Hayle’s economy largely depended on Harvey’s Foundry from the late 1700s until the early 20th Century.

It was one of the main centres for the manufacture of the large-scale steam pumping engines which played such a key role in Britain’s industrial revolution. The pumps were used extensively by the Cornish mining industry and subsequently they were exported worldwide for similar applications.

Mr McDonald said he hoped to be able to present some illustrations of how the scheme will look in the coming months, with work expected to begin in the summer.

For more information contact:

Kevin McDonald
Stride Treglown
Tel: 01752 202088


Editors notes:

Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel:01872 241379
Fax:01872 241388