£1.8million brownfield regeneration at Wheal Jane Earth Science Park

Work has started.

Work has started on the latest phase of the development of the Wheal Jane Earth Science Park at Wheal Jane, Baldhu, Truro.

The project has secured investment of £960,000 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Convergence Programme towards the £1.8million development of the site.

The original Wheal Jane mine closed in 1992, since 1999 the site has become home to a number of mining and minerals companies. The ERDF investment will deliver the gateway building for the Park by upgrading the existing Baldhu office building and creating a new extension for the current tenants Wardell Armstrong International (WAI).

Bernard Ballard, Chairman of Brownfield Investments Ltd, said:  “This project is a massive step forward for our plans for the site, not only will it meet the growing needs of our tenants, Wardell Armstrong International but also create an impressive gateway to the site and the developing Earth Science Park.”

WAI have been a tenant at Earth Science Park for over seven years, with their consultancy work based in renewables and the mining and mineral sector they advise companies at an international level. 

Phil Newall, Managing Director of Wardell Armstrong International Ltd, said: ‘We have seen the size and scale of our international mining activities and renewable energy work grow considerably during the last twenty years.  We now need to expand our current facilities to support our increasing national and global customer base and corresponding employee numbers.  We are looking forward to taking occupation of the new office space which will remain the headquarters of Wardell Armstrong International with its historical mining links and fifty-strong team’.

The office will comply with BREEAM standards and the surrounding Earth Science Park will also incorporate sustainable design features including vehicle charging points and extensive landscaping to bed the new extension into the landscape.

Chris Pomfret, Chair of the LEP and Deputy Chair of the Convergence Local Management Committee, which steers the Convergence programme said: ‘With this ERDF investment it raises the awareness of earth science businesses with international reputations that are based here at the former mine. With WAI expanding it will continue the story of mining; I hope that Cornish institutions and businesses will see the potential collaboration opportunities with the renewables and mining sectors based at Wheal Jane.’

Editors Notes:

The Baldhu Office at Wheal Jane is part financed by the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Convergence European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.

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Business Funding.

Project Investment:

Convergence ERDF                           £958,152
Brownfield Investments Ltd                £843,480
Total                                                    £1,801,632

Tuesday 7 May 2013