A £35m project will see derelict parts of urban Cornwall transformed

Heartlands masterplan
Heartlands masterplan

In early August, Cornwall’s most derelict urban area will be transformed into an inspiring sustainable development as part of a £35m project.

Lead landscape designers on the project, Land Use Consultants, have been working for Cornwall Council since 2006 with a range of partners, including the Big Lottery Fund, to see the project through its preparation stage.

The 60-week programme of conservation and construction on the 19-acre site in Pool now begins in earnest. Aiming to celebrate Cornish identity and the region’s 19th century success in deep metal mining, the plans aim to preserve the historic Robinson’s Shaft buildings at the centre of the site so that it can be innovatively reused.

Artefacts have been removed and recorded so they can be used for exhibitions. The scheme is carbon neutral and will use sustainably sourced timber and recycled water, and will re-use onsite materials and soils.

Cornwall Councillor for economic regeneration, Carolyn Rule, said: “There has been an incredible amount of work and commitment required to get Heartlands to this stage in its development. I look forward to seeing work begin to transform this derelict site into what I know will become a facility much loved locally and an example of a truly sustainable community.”


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