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Ross Williams. Director of Krowji

After years of planning, work is now well under way on Phase 1 of the Krowji redevelopment scheme at the former grammar school site in Redruth.

Krowji is already Cornwall’s largest creative workspace hub, with around 110 people based here, ranging from painters to furniture makers, jewellers to graphic designers and digital media businesses as well as some key sector support agencies.  This first new build phase is providing a new access road off the A3047 dual carriageway and constructing 2,000 square metres of new work-spaces, enabling us to more than double our capacity by the summer of 2015. 

We’ve been operating at nearly 100% occupancy for nearly five years now, so we’ll be delighted to have the extra space; it will also enable us to improve our offer to the sector with really high quality, BREEAM Excellent buildings.  We love our somewhat quirky existing school buildings and we’ve been able to offer really great value to creative businesses here since 2005, but we are looking forward to being able to provide highly insulated accessible fibred-up spaces that will be enjoyable to work in all the year round….

The most recent stage of the work has seen the final demolition of the dilapidated post-war former gym and dinner hall, opening up the view from Krowji reception and the Melting Pot café’s garden across open countryside to St Agnes Beacon and the sea – this view will be framed in a year’s time by an open-way artfully aligned through the new buildings.

We’re also very pleased to have just awarded the main construction contract on this £3.7 million project to local Cornish firm RM Developments of St Day – they’ll be on site by the end of June. 

We’ve had great and very patient support as we’ve developed the project over the years from the ERDF team and from staff at CPR Regeneration and more recently Cornwall Development Company – as a social enterprise it’s not been easy for us to raise the £1.4 million commercial finance that we’re providing and we could never have done that without the Convergence Programme.

Thursday 22 May 2014