HRH Duke of Kent visits newly completed Headworks project at Wheal Jane

His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent visited Wheal Jane on 22nd September 2015 to officially open the Headworks buildings extensions and refurbishment project;

the latest step forward in the development of the Wheal Jane Earth Science Park. The Headworks project will provide a high quality central hub to the Wheal Jane Earth Science Park to facilitate business growth and additional high value employment in the Environmental Sector.

The project, like the Baldhu office on the same site, was undertaken by Brownfield Investments Ltd, the site owner. It has already progressed the re-use of the site attracting international consultancy companies such as Wardell Armstrong International, SGS Minerals and The Wheal Jane Group, which provides mineral testing and other consultancy services across the globe. Together these 3 businesses employ circa 150 people, including many graduates.

The Headworks Buildings, consisting of some, 2,226 sqm, was constructed with Wheal Jane Mine in the 1960’s/70’s and has been adapted following the mine closure to laboratories and workshops. The project has refurbished these buildings, making them fully accessible, improving the operational and environmental efficiency – demonstrated by achieving BREEAM Very Good, the maximum achievable.  Two extensions have increased capacity to 2,745 sqm, (plus 519sqm) creating growth for SGS Minerals and offering additional facilities to promote the Earth Science Cluster.

The project will help secure the long term occupancy of the site, retaining existing employment and will create circa 10 new jobs by December 2015.

Bernard Ballard, Director of Marketing and Property at Wheal Jane Group, said: ‘The visit by HRH the Duke of Kent was a wonderful way to bring our latest development project at Wheal Jane to its successful conclusion.  We now have two top quality employment space hubs on the site to meet the needs and expectations of our tenants.  EU funding through the Convergence programme has been a key factor in completing these projects.  Other improvements which formed part of the Headworks project such as new roads, security and modern signage throughout the site combined with our Superfast Broadband connectivity have created a fantastic foundation for future expansion. "

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Photo: His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent unveiling the plaque at the Headworks Project

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Monday 28 September 2015