From the West Briton:
A £15 million project to transform a derelict brewery site in Redruth to a new Cornwall records store, cultural buildings, workspaces and housing will finally get under way.
A pot of cash totalling £1.7 million from the European Regional Development Fund has been released to start works on the site’s flood alleviation scheme to get it ready for redevelopment.
The creation of Kresen Kernow, the new archive centre for Cornwall, as part of this, will provide a much awaited home for the stories of Cornwall and will help to reinforce Redruth’s ambition to become a cultural destination.
Crucially public money has been joined with private investment from the owners of the site, Mr Horace Yao Chairman of Sino Land Limited, owner of the site said: ‘This funding, along with our contribution of £600,000, will enable the master plan for the whole site to move forward so that Redruth Brewery can, once again, become a thriving part of the community.’
Work is due to start as the site is cleared and modern buildings are demolished, currently heritage building professionals are looking at the remains of the historic brewhouse to see what can be kept and incorporated into the new developments as the site is transformed into a space the whole community will be able to use.
Mayor of Redruth, councillor Judy Davidson said the development will put Redruth on the map: “Although a Cornwall Council project, this development puts Redruth firmly at the centre of Cornwall’s historical and heritage archive.
“We must build on this and use the project to generate business, footfall and raise the public’s perception of Redruth. If we miss this golden opportunity, achieved against considerable odds, then we do not deserve it.
“If, as a community, we “talk up” our town, and be proud of the various facilities that are planned, then this project will herald a bright future for generations to come.”
Welcoming confirmation of the ERDF grant, Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard, said: “The funding will enable an area of historical importance to continue to thrive into the 21st Century with community, culture and job creation at the heart of the regeneration of the site.”
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