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12.01.06
31 jobs created as new work space at Wheal Kitty opens

Thirty-one new jobs have been created with the transformation of the Engine House and the construction of new units, at the former mining site at Wheal Kitty near St Agnes.

An official opening ceremony today (January 12) marked the formal completion of the project with all units on the site now occupied by a range of businesses including surf board design and website development, to engineering research and personal training.

Today's opening ceremony saw former tin miner Colin Wills strike a symbolic sledgehammer blow bringing the Cornish industrial heritage site back into use.
The first phase of Wheal Kitty's transformation was completed in 1997. Phase two has seen more than £1 million invested in transforming the Grade 2 listed Engine House and the construction of new units providing flexible modern business accommodation ranging in size from 50 sq metres to 200 sq metres. This has created 31 new jobs and safeguarded a further nine.

The project had investment from the South West of England Regional Development Agency (RDA), the Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and Carrick District Council.

Cllr Gill Wilson, Carrick's portfolio holder for local economy, said: "We've seen huge demand for the new units because local businesses want high quality, well designed workspace. I'm delighted that this historic site has now been brought back into economic use and look forward to watching these businesses grow and prosper in the future."

Stephen Bohane, head of operations in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for the South West RDA, said: "This project demonstrates the role the RDA is playing in delivering high quality workspace in Cornwall, especially in areas where the costs of development would be prohibitive for a private developer."

Carleen Kelemen, director of the Objective One Partnership, said: "This is a good example of partnership working and these workspaces will now be able to provide employment for generations to come. This project is one of a £70 million suite of workspace projects that have been invested in by Objective One. It builds new opportunities on the footprint of our past."

For further information please contact Stephen Gilbert of Deborah Clark and Associates on 01872 276276 or email: stephen@dclark.co.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Wheal Kitty workshop project phase two through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Editor's notes:

The South West of England Regional Development Agency was created in April 1999 to further the economic development and regeneration of the area; to promote business efficiency, investment and competitiveness; to promote employment; to develop the skills relevant to employment; and to contribute to sustainable development.
Wheal Kitty Workshops Phase II cost £1,032,000. The architects were Lilly Lewarne Practice of Truro, the contractor was K H J Trethewey & Sons of St Erne. Practical completion was achieved on June 1, 2005 – two days ahead of schedule and within budget.
As a group of historic mine buildings in a beautiful landscape Wheal Kitty demanded a high standard of design and build. Environmental design features worthy of note include:
  Ground source heat pump in the engine house
  Grey water system
  Super insulation in the new build using a recycled paper product
  Permeable car parking surface
  Local materials, and timber from sustainable sources
The project has created 726 square meters of workspace, safeguarding 9 jobs and creating a further 31.
The other ten firms at the Wheal Kitty site are:
  Finisterre www.finisterreuk.com
  Uknetweb www.uknetweb.com
  Evolution www.evolution-development.com
  World of Camping www.worldofcamping.co.uk
  AC Systems www.ac-systems.co.uk
  Impact Solutions www.impact-es.com
  Surfers Against Sewage www.sas.org.uk
  Cornish Art Prints www.cornishartprints.com
  Beach Boards www.beachbeatsurfboards.co.uk
  Atlantic FM

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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