Construction work on nine new workspace units at King Edward Mine well underway

The units, all of varying sizes, are being developed in the Grade II* Listed former Count House and Carpenter’s Shop and are due to be completed by 1 April 2015.

Tamsin Daniel and Phil Kitchener at KEM

Funded by Cornwall Council and a grant of over a million pounds from the ERDF Convergence Programme, the buildings are being sympathetically conserved and refurbished to the highest standards possible.

“It’s a very exciting project which is already generating interest amongst the local business community,” said Tamsin Daniel, Commissioning and Project Development Officer for Cornwall Council.  “We think the workspaces will appeal particularly to people in creative and knowledge-based industries and the rents are cost-effective for small or medium-sized enterprises planning to grow and prosper.”

King Edward Mine is the oldest and best preserved pre-1920 mining site left in Cornwall.  For more than a century it was used by Camborne School of Mines to deliver practical training before being bought by Cornwall Council in 2009.  Now a popular mining heritage attraction, the site is crossed by the Great Flat Lode cycle and walking trail.  A second major capital development phase for the mine, to be financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will focus on conserving the museum buildings, creating more exhibition space, enhancing the visitor experience and turning what used to be the Assay Office complex into a destination cafe that will open in Spring 2016.

“The new units offer a good range of modern facilities within a historic setting,” said Neil Sargent, the Chartered Surveyor at Smiths Gore who is advising Cornwall Council on the lettings.  “The buildings are well located in an attractive rural setting, a short distance from Camborne and Pool and near to the A30.”

For more information about the development and units, contact Smiths Gore on 01872 274646, email [email protected] or visit http://www.kingedwardmine.co.uk/what-s-happening-at-kem/workspace-units/

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Photo:  Tamsin Daniel and Midas Site Manager Phil Kitchener on the development site

Media enquiries:  Sue Bradbury PR Tel: 01872 863863  E: [email protected]

Notes to editors

The King Edward Mine is part financed by the Convergence Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 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 the projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.  For more information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf .


Monday 8 September 2014