New life for old mine workings as
£1 million project takes place
An historic Cornish building which was at the heart of the
Cornwall's industrial revolution is to once again be the hub
of a thriving business community safeguarding and creating
23 jobs and injecting hundreds of thousands of pounds to the
The old tin mine engine house at Wheal Kitty near St Agnes
has lain idle ever since it shut in the early 1930s after
the prosperous age of tin mining drew to a close.
But now thanks to a substantial package of investment from
the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA), Objective
One and Carrick District Council, new life is being breathed
into the site offering small businesses a prime location from
which to trade.
Using traditional materials to ensure the site retains its
sense of heritage, the finished scheme, called Wheal Kitty
Workshops, will see the former engine house restored and converted
into office space. Five new units are also being built for
office or workshop use.
The project, which will create more than 700 sq metres of
office and workshop floor space, is set to be completed at
the beginning of June 2005.
The £1,032,331 development is the second phase of regeneration
work at the site. SWRDA has invested £516,166, Objective
One £412,932 and Carrick District Council who are the
project managers, has provided the remaining investment.
The South West RDA's Head of Operations in Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly, Stephen Bohane, said the Wheal Kitty project
would provide a major boost to the small business community.
"The Regional Development Agency is committed to helping
businesses get off the ground and develop with quality premises.
It's all part of our aim to raise productivity, increase economic
inclusion and improve regional communications. The creation
of new workspace at Wheal Kitty Workshops is exactly the kind
of project we want to support, as there is a strong need for
space for businesses across the county in the more rural and
coastal areas and this scheme will help to meet that demand."
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership,
said: "These types of units are much in demand in Cornwall
and the Isles of Scilly. Objective One investment at Wheal
Kitty is not only helping to preserve and enhance the region's
historic landscape but also creating workspace, easing the
move from the traditional mining industry to more modern businesses."
Roger Radcliffe, Carrick District Council's Economic Development
Officer, said: "The engine house is one of Cornwall's
icons and this project will allow it to be rescued from dereliction,
brought back to life and given a new, useful purpose. It's
estimated that by regenerating Wheal Kitty and providing these
opportunities for new businesses to move to the site, we should
see the creation of 10 jobs and a further 13 will be safeguarded.
In excess of £240,000 will added to the local economy
as a result of the development."
He added: "The project is running to schedule and the
weather has been particularly kind to us this autumn. It was
a very careful decision we took to utilise this building and
we've been very sensitive with the materials that we have
used for the refurbishment."
The South West Regional Development Agency was established
in 1999. Our most important role is to ensure the long-term
economic success of the region, by promoting the right skills
among its workforce, the most innovative businesses, and a
high quality environment.
For further information contact:
Deborah Clark & Associates
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439
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