Objective One creates eco-friendly
workshops for Cornish craftsmen
A redundant farm building near Porthtowan will soon be transformed
into six high-tech eco-friendly workshops for use by traditional
craftspeople and artists, due to nearly £64,000 of Objective
The £255,274 project to convert a disused potato packing
building is being led by Cornish environmental building company
Pioneer Cabins, which will use its sustainable and energy
efficient building techniques to extend and renovate the current
building, creating valuable workspace for Cornish craftsmen.
Extending out three of the existing block work walls and
constructing a new fourth wall out of rammed earth dug from
the site, the building promises to be a showcase for modern
environmentally sustainable building techniques and materials.
There are also plans for the centre to be roofed with tiles
made from recycled car tyres.
The eco-friendly units are not only good news for the environment
but will also bring cost-saving benefits to the building's
tenants. They will not need to pay any heating, water or sewerage
charges thanks to the park's rainwater recycling system, reed-bed
sewage treatment and under-floor heating system, which will
run on waste wood produced by Pioneer Cabins.
With local sourcing as well as sustainable materials central
to the company's ethos, Pioneer Cabins works with local timber
suppliers and foresters to source Larch, Cedar and Pinewoods
from well-managed Cornish woodlands to construct their made-to-order
Taking up two of the new workshops, Pioneer Cabins has already
received some initial inquiries about the four remaining units.
It is hoped that the units, which will be known as Mount Pleasant
Ecological Park, will become a centre for creativity for traditional
craftsmen and artists.
Once relocated to their new premises, Pioneer Cabins will
have the necessary larger workspace to expand their workforce
to thirteen people over the next four years. This will enable
them to meet the increasing demand for affordable yet ecologically
sustainable housing, not only in the local area but also to
clients throughout the country.
Tim Stirrup, Managing Director of Pioneer Environmental Builders
explained the importance of the Objective One investment:
"After starting up the log cabin building side of my
business three years ago, interest in our products has steadily
grown to the point where larger high-quality workspace was
needed to enable my business to grow.
"Objective One and DEFRA have provided the vital investment
needed to get the project off the ground, not only providing
our business with the room needed to grow but also creating
much-needed high quality units for similar local craftsmen."
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership,
said: "The environmentally friendly new business units
being created at Mount Pleasant Ecological Park are a great
example of how Objective One is building better businesses
by investing in the construction of new workspace.
"This is a truly pioneering project as its original
thinking and innovative construction practices add real value
to the scheme while fulfilling the specific workspace needs
of businesses. We hope that the new units will provide Pioneer
Cabins and four other local businesses with the tools to flourish
and provide jobs and income for the area both today and into
David Rodda, senior agricultural co-ordinator for the Objective
One Agricultural Development Team who assisted Mr Stirrup
with his application said: "This is a good example of
an innovative use for a redundant farm building. It will bring
employment opportunities into a rural area as well as providing
the applicant with an alternative form of income."
Work on the new ecological park has started this week, with
the project due for completion in spring 2004.
The £255,274 project has received £63,819 investment
from the Objective One European Agricultural Guidance and
Guarantee Fund (EAGGF) with the additional investment coming
from DEFRA and the private sector.
Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF)
EAGGF is one of the four funds that make up
the Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of
Scilly, which is making £314 million of investment available
to support the local economy between 2000 and 2006.
EAGGF aims to:
Help preserve the link between diversified farming
and the land.
Improve and support the competitiveness of agriculture
as a key activity in rural areas.
Ensure the diversification of the economy in rural
Help to keep communities thriving in rural areas.
Preserve and improve the environment, the landscape
and the rural heritage.
For further information contact:
Daytime: 01209 891500
Evenings: 01872 571054
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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