Giant steps forward in the Krowji creative build
The Redruth hilltop home of the Krowji creative hub is bristling with cranes, cherry pickers and steel girders as the latest stage in a £3.7 million development takes shape before the surrounding community and countryside.
100 tonnes of steel in the framework and 1000 tonnes of concrete in the ground are forming Krowji’s two new landmark buildings alongside its handsome Old Grammar School base which will more than double the space available to more than 200 people working in the arts and creative industries.
“We’re all very excited by how quickly it's taking shape,” says Krowji founder Ross Williams - the man behind the vision and the business plan which has won backing both from private sources and the European Regional Development Programme’s Convergence Programme.
“Now that the concrete floor planks are also going in you can really start to feel how our beautiful new space is going to look. You get surprising glimpses of it from inside the art block when you look up through the skylights. The frame should be done in another couple of weeks and then the roof and cladding start to go on.”
The new space at the nationally acclaimed centre will be ready by next Spring with prospective tenants already signing up to its airy, scenic studios and workshops and a place in the warm Krowji community set around its cool Melting Pot Café.
To find out more about Krowji, its work and partners, as well as progress on its flagship building project please visit www.krowjinewbuild.org.uk or email [email protected] for more information about the new workspaces.
Notes to editors:-
- Krowji work-spaces come in all shapes and sizes and currently provide space for more than 100 “makers” and creative businesses – from tiny rooms where Anna Pope creates her delicate contemporary jewellery, to Marie Louise Denny’s sunlit designer-knitwear studio, to Miracle Theatre’s large rehearsal room.
- Others who have found a permanent home in the Krowji family include Cornwall’s key arts-sector agencies - Creative Skills, FEAST and Carn to Cove.
- Krowji space is affordable but not subsidised. Most of the tenants who have moved in have stayed - not surprising given the wealth of support on hand – from photocopying to business advice.
- Krowji has been passionate about forging and nurturing strong links with its wider communities. Through the years Krowji has worked closely with Cornwall Council, Camborne Pool Redruth (CPR) Regeneration and a wide variety of people and organisations to create a vibrant centre where people can come and go freely for coffee, meetings, live music nights and the hugely popular biannual Open Studio events.
- Krowji Phase I 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:
ERDF Convergence: £1,914,264.
For more information visit www.erdfconvergence.org.uk
Krowji - Elisa McLeod - 01209 313200
Louise Midgley Communications – [email protected] – 01326 319884 / 07831696093
ERDF Convergence – Matt Silver – [email protected] - 07805737444
Monday 8 September 2014