Visit by HRH The Duke of Cornwall
to Harvey's Foundry, Hayle
HRH The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, will be visiting
Hayle in West Cornwall to open Phase 1 of a project to regenerate
the historic Harvey's Foundry. The foundry is all that remains
of a massive industrial complex that, at one time, produced
80% of the world's steam engines.
The foundry would have been demolished in the 1980's but
for widespread local protests. It was then Listed and local
people began a campaign for its repair.
A local Partnership representing the community and key public
agencies, led by Penwith District Council, developed a regeneration
project and created the Harvey's Foundry Trust to take ownership.
The Prince of Wales's Regeneration Through Heritage initiative,
which assists community groups to develop proposals for the
sustainable re-use of redundant heritage buildings, supported
the Partnership, and the Prince visited the derelict site
in 1998 to launch the plans for its regeneration.
Penwith suffers some of the highest levels of deprivation
in Britain and the Foundry project is the most important development
in town for many years.
Phase 1, costing £1.98million, sees the restoration
of the Drawing Office on Foundry Square for offices and specialised
document storage by Cornwall County Archives. Renamed John
Harvey House it is acclaimed for the quality of its design.
There is also a stylish new building to provide space for
small businesses that is fast filling up. Phase1 will accommodate
Final funding approvals are awaited for a second phase that
will convert other heritage buildings for craft workshops
and Live-Work units. This work is linked with wide-ranging
town centre improvements in a combined project of £4.1
million. A final phase will tackle the main three-storey building
for further workspace, café, shops and a heritage visitor
Penwith Council Chief Executive,
Jim McKenna said:
"The Foundry project is absolutely critical to the future
regeneration of Hayle, and a tremendous example of a project
inspired and driven by local people. It will both conserve
a vital part of Hayle's industrial heritage and use it to
create new jobs and opportunities for the future. Already
the project has helped us attract a further £2million
for work on other important buildings in the town."
Fred Taggart, Director of the
Prince of Wales's Regeneration Through Heritage initiative
"We have worked with Penwith Council and local people
for six years to develop this project, which uses Hayle's
unique heritage to create a beautiful environment and much
needed new jobs. It is a classic example of heritageled
regeneration and will be of national interest. The Prince
has taken a very close interest from the beginning. He knows
how hard local people and funders have worked to make the
project happen, and is looking forward to meeting them.
"I congratulate Penwith Council, and its Chief Executive, for
immediately recognising the potential in regenerating Harvey's
Foundry. It is a 'breakthrough project' for Hayle and the
key that will unlock further regeneration, including the historic
harbour. It is also a central part in Cornwall's bid for World
Heritage status for its industrial heritage."
The other funders, particularly the European Union, Cornwall
County Council and the Regional Development Agency, also showed
vision and courage in backing the community to deliver this
project. It just shows what can be achieved when people work
Oliver Pearcey, Director of Special
Projects at English Heritage, said:
"For over a hundred years Harvey's Foundry and works
were the economic powerhouse of Hayle, exporting Cornish know-how
and craftsmanship all over the world. The still imposing remains
of the works, and the extensive harbour facilities associated
with it, are unique historical survivals of a key Cornish
industry and an essential element of the current bid for World
Heritage Site status. They dominate and articulate the urban
structure of Hayle and provide a major resource for its regeneration."
The Mayor of Hayle, Councillor
Mrs Marjorie Roberts, said:
"They say that when the Harvey's Foundry clock stopped,
progress in Hayle stopped. Now that it's working again there's
a renewed feeling of optimism throughout the town."
John Pollard, Chairman of Harvey's
Foundry Trust said:
"The Harvey's Foundry project provides a wonderful example
of how it is possible to build on the history and importance
of Hayle in the past to help create a new, vibrant and exciting
future for our town.
"The local volunteers who have toiled for over 10 years to
bring about this exciting project are able to see their labours
taking shape with Phase 1 in place, Phase 2 beginning and
Phase 3 being planned. This would not have been possible without
the work of a dedicated and persistent local group, the expertise
and support of Penwith District Council and the intervention
of Regeneration through Heritage.
"The visits of His Royal Highness help focus the attention
of everyone on this success story and highlights that change
can be managed, progress does happen, new opportunities can
be forged from dilapidation and decay and at last the heritage
of Hayle is being acknowledged."
Carleen Kelemen, Director of
the Objective Partnership said:
"The Objective One Programme is proud to have invested
in and be a part of the exciting developments at Harvey's
Foundry. The renewed spirit of the foundry reflects renewed
confidence in the potential of Cornwall as a place of economic
and business excellence."
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