Headworks Project Wheal Jane
The Headworks Project will provide a high quality central hub to the Wheal Jane Earth Science Park, thus facilitating business growth and additional high value employment in the Environmental Sector.
The project will refurbish and extend the life of former mine buildings at Wheal Jane, creating high value employment and business growth.
Through an adopted Development Framework the former Wheal Jane Tin Mine Site is being redeveloped as an Earth Science Park, with a cluster of businesses with complementary skills and areas of expertise working on environmental, natural energy and earth science projects. This includes the first large solar farm in Cornwall, and also the Convergence funded extension and refurbishment of the Baldhu Office for Wardell Armstrong International (WAI).
The Headworks project, like the Baldhu office, is being undertaken by Brownfield Investments Ltd, the site owner. It has already progressed the re-use of the site attracting international consultancy companies such as WAI, SGS Minerals and The Wheal Jane Group, which provides mineral testing and other consultancy services across the globe. Together these 3 businesses employ over 125 people, many graduates.
The Headworks Buildings, consisting of some, 2,226 sqm, was constructed with Wheal Jane Mine in the 1960’s/70’s and has been adapted following the mine closure to laboratories and workshops. The project will refurbish these buildings, making them fully accessible, improving the operational and environmental efficiency – to be demonstrated by achieving BREEAM Very Good, the maximum achievable, and, with two small extensions, will increase capacity to 2,745 sqm, (plus 519sqm) creating growth for SGS Minerals and offering additional facilities to promote the Earth Science Cluster.
The project will help secure the long term occupancy of the site, retaining existing employment and creating 10 new jobs by December 2015.