Work starts on Millbrook industrial units

Work is to start on 1 July on an innovative £581,900 project to build eight new industrial units with a host of sustainable features at Millbrook.

The workshops are being funded by Objective One and Caradon District Council, and Millbrook is the first village in Cornwall to receive Objective One funding for industrial units. The project is expected to create at least 12 new jobs for local people.

Councillor Kath Pascoe, Caradon’s Cabinet member with the community and economic regeneration portfolio, said: “We are very pleased to be able to announce the start of this project, which will serve the whole of the Rame Peninsula.

“Although home to some of South East Cornwall’s most stunning scenery, parts of the Peninsula also suffer from the district’s highest rate of unemployment. About a third of our enquiries for business premises in Torpoint come from people on the Rame Peninsula interested in starting up or expanding businesses, and we are delighted to be able to provide high quality, purpose built premises where they are so clearly needed.

“Other projects have been inspired by our success in gaining funding for the Millbrook workshops, and both a private sector project near Launceston and a village development trust near Falmouth are hoping to set up similar schemes.”

The workshops will be located just outside Millbrook near Gallows Park. Four of the units will be 36.9m2, two will be 38.4m2 and two will accommodate somewhat larger businesses at 71.4m2. The construction work will be carried out by WH Tolley and Son Ltd.

The workshops’ rural location means that extra care has been taken over sustainability issues, and the units have been designed both to blend sympathetically with their surroundings and to incorporate energy and water saving features. The units will have full rainwater recycling, which allows filtered rainwater to be used for hand basins and toilets. The workshops are also supplied with green electricity from sustainable sources and include lights controlled by automatic sensors that switch themselves off when the units are unoccupied.

The workshops will be constructed of stone with slate roofs to help them blend into the surrounding countryside, and on the outside treated timber has been used rather than painted timber. Aluminium gutters and down pipes will also be used, thus avoiding unsustainable plastic fittings.

The Objective One European Regional Development Fund is contributing £232,760 to the project, while Caradon is funding the remaining £349,140.

Media enquiries contact:
Steve Vinson, economic development manager, on 01579 341031


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Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
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