Expanding company saves historic
Work on the prominent and impressive historic White's Warehouse
building in Foundry Square, Hayle, is due to start soon in
the first private sector partnership project from Hayle Townscape.
Martin and Emily Nixon, of Nixon Design Ltd, have bought
this vacant building and through their development arm, HBL
Partnership, will repair and convert it, bringing it back
into productive use with stylish studio/offices on the two
upper floors and the potential for either retail or restaurant
use for the ground floor. They are now actively looking for
potential tenants for the building and there has been a significant
amount of initial interest. The project will provide jobs,
training and amenities in a key part of Hayle.
This is the first private sector project to be carried out
under Hayle Townscape, an important heritage led initiative
to revitalise the town's economy and so help to improve the
quality of life for local people. The boost to Hayle is to
be achieved by investing in the repair and enhancement of
the town's important historic character, making it a more
attractive place to live, work and visit and by rekindling
interest in Hayle's vital role in the technological revolution
that made 19th century industrial Britain a world leader in
trade and influence.
Nixon Design Ltd is one of the leading graphic design consultancies
in Cornwall with a wide range of both local and national clients.
The studio's work includes branding, corporate identity, packaging
and literature projects as well as website design. Currently
employing 10 people, Nixon Design has plans to expand and
develop the business when it moves to the top floor of this
landmark building and hopes to create up to 5 more jobs.
The project will accommodate an estimated 30 jobs by enabling
the HBL Partnership to return some 414 sq m (4456 sq ft) of
currently vacant floor space to productive, commercial uses.
The former carpet warehouse is a late 19th century reconstruction
of the original Trevithick Stores, which was first built around
1828, and Hayle Townscape is a major investor to the £340,500
repair and refurbishment scheme.
Mrs Nixon said: "We are thrilled to have acquired
this beautiful building, and look forward enormously to restoring
it to its former glory. It's been hard work to put together
all the detail of the project, due to the scale and complexity
of the works required, but we know it'll be worthwhile because
there's such potential here. We have admired the building
for many years. We are extremely grateful to PDC for facilitating
the grant process and to Edwin Bryant, Barrie Briscoe and
the many professional advisers who have assisted us so far.
We are looking forward to working with neighbours at the Harvey's
Foundry Trust, particularly on improvements to the frontage."
Hayle Townscape Project Officer Tony Walden said: "Several
prominent buildings have already been targeted by the initiative.
Regeneration in Hayle is clearly gathering pace and some highly
visible buildings have already been refurbished by the private
He is in detailed discussions with the owners of several
other town centre buildings, including some with significant
shop frontages. But he urged other local owners not to miss
the opportunity. "It takes time to develop these projects
and we're eager to bring properties forward as soon as we
can, so that local owners can benefit from the investment
on offer. Anyone interested can call in at the project office
at John Harvey House, Harvey's original foundry showrooms
at 24 Foundry Square, and talk through which buildings can
be helped and how applications are made. I'm there to assist
at every stage."
Hayle Townscape is offering financial and technical help
with repairs to targeted historic buildings, including the
reinstatement of lost or badly damaged architectural features
such as traditional shopfronts, railings and small pane sash
windows. It also plans to help with the enhancement of key
spaces in the Hayle Conservation Area such as Foundry Square,
the War Memorial and Market Square at Copperhouse.
Hayle Townscape is led by Penwith District Council, which
jointly invests in it with the Heritage Lottery Fund, The
Objective One Programme, South West of England Regional Development
Agency, English Heritage, Cornwall County Council, Hayle Town
Council and (at Foundry) the Guinness Trust. It is also supported
by Regeneration Through Heritage, part of the Prince's Foundation.
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership
said: "As part of its strategy the Objective One Programme
has been investing in key towns as drivers of prosperity.
By investing in Hayle we are not only conserving part of our
historic environment but helping to give the area a new lease
of life in commercial terms. This private sector project is
proof that the strategy is working."
On show at John Harvey House are display panels featuring
the Hayle Townscape initiative's streetscape proposals. The
display was exhibited alongside proposals from Hayle Harbour
developers ING Real Estate Development in December last year,
when more than 1,200 visited.
Comments recorded from exhibition visitors have been the
subject of close analysis by the Hayle Area Forum's Streetscape
Working Group and by ING RED. These will guide Hayle Townscape's
public realm works, for example, to improve the town centre's
historic environment with new design features. ING RED proposes
a second exhibition as public comments and study work enable
the company to refine its plans before applying for planning
For further information contact Tony Walden, the Hayle Townscape
Project Officer on 01736 756820 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hayletownscape.co.uk.
The Objective One programme for Cornwall and the Isles
of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall
through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and
specifically in Unlocking Cornish Potential through the European
Social Fund (ESF).
Contact telephone numbers:
Martin and Emily Nixon, HBL Partnership, 01736 333122
Tony Walden, Hayle Townscape Project Officer, 01736 756820
Cassie Raymond, Project Assistant, 01736 759149
Steve Edwards, Hayle Townscape Project Coordinator, Penwith
District Council, 01736 336711
Caroline Sargent, Investment & Bid Development Officer,
Penwith District Council, 01736 336689
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
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Telephone: 01872 223439
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