Rising to the challenges of conservation and tourism
The Heartlands project, with its World Heritage Site status and funding from the Big Lottery Fund presented one of Stride Treglown’s most significant challenges. We assembled an expert, multi skilled team of architects, planners, conservation specialists and landscape architects who, from the outset worked collaboratively with our client and the local community.
Our brief was to transform a collection of disparate former tin-mining buildings into a cohesive visitor attraction that would attract tourists to this area of West Cornwall. Our planning team worked on many complex planning issues and resolved the masterplan for the site while as lead designers we worked with LUC landscape architects in the creation of diverse Diaspora Gardens, reflecting the destinations of Cornish migrants through history.
The focus of the scheme is the Robinson’s shaft, which, in common with all of the buildings on site was restored sensitively and within tight cost constraints. We used tin, copper, bronze, brass and zinc reflect the site’s heritage while we were not fearful of designing contemporary architecture in the sensitive heritage environment.
The result of this collaborative work has been outstanding. The project achieved BREEAM Excellent status, was brought in on budget and Stride Treglown has received numerous awards for the project including: RIBA national and regional; RICS; RTPI and Civic Trust. Visitor numbers have exceeded all expectations and it is proving to be a catalyst for the wider regeneration of this area, which has been transformed from one of the least prosperous areas in England to a thriving leisure destination.
RIBA Awards Panel:
Working closely with the numerous client and funding bodies, English Heritage, LA Conservation and the local community, the architects have painstakingly pieced together a site not only of well-restored and new buildings, but one with a strong narrative.
RICS Awards Panel:
The outcome is that the regeneration of a 19 acre, long-time derelict, heavily contaminated former mining site within an urban area has become a valued community benefit. The project is in all respects a very worthy winner of the Project of the Year Award.