Wheal Harmony uncovers its past.

The derelict Wheal Harmony mine at Redruth has sprung back into life in time for spring as construction starts on a new mixed use development.

The derelict Wheal Harmony mine at Redruth has sprung back into life in time for spring as construction starts on a new mixed use development.
 
Wheal Harmony to the west of Treleigh Industrial Estate will build on the success of Treleigh by developing 10.8 acres of brownfield land ready for future development. Part financed with £1.2 million by the European Regional Development Fund Convergence programme, the Wheal Harmony site has many obstacles to overcome before completion.
 
Severe mining issues, Japanese Knotweed and contamination currently affect the site. However, Simon Williams, a director of Wheal Harmony Ltd said: ‘This land has been a challenge, which I think has only been possible by ERDF investment filling the funding gap between our private investment and the eventual cost of reclaiming the land. The land is heavily contaminated and has major historic mining works which need to be capped and made safe, but once the work has been completed Redruth will have another asset for business and community to be proud of.’
 
The developers have also decided to go that extra mile by applying for a ‘Very Good’ rating from the Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and Award Scheme (CEEQUAL) so the future site will be as sustainable as possible by developing high quality employment premises, leading to high value employment.
 
To achieve CEEQUAL rating the employment spaces will be joined by an area of open space, new roads and the provision of land for the development of affordable and open market housing on the site, to fulfil the mixed use aspect of the site.  
 
Russell Dodge, Director of Business Location Services said: ‘Wheal Harmony builds on the success of the Treleigh Industrial Estate to provide new high quality workspace in the Camborne, Pool, and Redruth area. The site has excellent access to the A30 and other industrial estates in the area such as Cornwall Business Park. However, Wheal Harmony will also have links to North Redruth and Treleigh by improving the pedestrian and cycle ways to the development which I think highlights the developers’ commitment to the CEEQUAL accreditation.’
 
Chris Pomfret, Chair of the LEP and Deputy Chair of the Convergence Local Management Committee, which steers the Convergence programme said: ‘Viewing the vast mine shafts to be capped by Wheal Harmony Ltd led me to understand the challenges of this site. However, I think the eventual outcomes of the site will benefit the area as private and public partnership investment work together to create new opportunities for the local community and Cornish business.’
 
Editors Notes:
 
Images:
 
Wheal Harmony 1: Image of one of the mine shafts to be capped.
Wheal Harmony team: Simon Williams (Contractor), Chris Pomfret (LEP & Convergence), Russell Dodge (BLS Ltd) and Duncan Warden (Wheal Harmony Ltd).
Business Location Services Ltd of Truro undertook the preparation of the Convergence Grant Funding application on behalf of Wheal Harmony
CEEQUAL rewards project and contract teams in which clients, designers and contractors go beyond the legal and environmental minima to achieve distinctive environmental and social performance in their work www.ceequal.co.uk
The ERDF investment will go towards the remediation of the mine shafts and Japanese Knotweed and servicing of brownfield land for future employment provision at Wheal Harmony, Redruth
 
 
The Wheal Harmony development is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund 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.
 
For more information visit: 
 
www.gov.uk/browse/business/funding-debt/european-regional-development-funding  
 
Project Investment:
 
ERDF Convergence: £1,282,500
 
Wheal Harmony: £428,500
 
TOTAL: £1,710,000
 
For more information visit www.erdfconvergence.org.uk  
 
Contact:
 
Matt Silver
Media Relations Officer for the Convergence support team
07805737444
 
[email protected]
 
 
 
Russell Dodge
 
Managing Director, Business Location Services Ltd
 
01872 222777
 
Economic Development and Culture
 
Economy, Enterprise and Environment Directorate
 
Cornwall Council, 4th Floor, West Wing, New County Hall,
Treyew Road, Truro, TR1 3AY
 
www.erdfconvergence.org.uk 
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Tuesday 6 May 2014