Historic coastal town to get 377 homes & new public facilities as its harbor is revitalized into a business and cultural destination

The next phase of the regeneration of the historic coastal Cornish town will deliver 377 homes alongside extensive community facilities, establishing it as a residential, visitor, business and cultural destination.

FCBStudios and Sennybridge recently submitted detailed Phase Two plans to Cornwall Council for a £200 million mixed use redevelopment in the seaside town of Hayle to deliver housing, community and commercial space. The Hayle Harbour plans were validated on July 1, 2020.

Construction work started earlier this year on Phase One of the FCBStudios masterplan to develop quayside homes, shops, restaurants and public space.

Simon Wright, CEO of Sennybridge said, “From the outset our clear aim is to deliver a project which greatly enhances the local area and its economy, brings benefits to the local community, protects and promotes its heritage and puts Hayle Harbour on the map as a desirable destination.

At the heart of these proposal is a commitment to quality of design, support for local marine industries and water users, promoting a busy and successful working harbour and creating a bustling and lively waterside quarter which is open to the community and visitors year-round,” he added.

The regenerated harbor will be integral to the town, forming part of the wider community for new and existing residents and visitors. A filmhouse and art gallery on the harbor will be the focal point for a creative community of workshops that will bring social and economic activity to the waterfront.

In addition, there will be a water sports centre, and plans for waterside and harbor improvements including a new footbridge, new quayside toilets and showers, improved facilities for local fishermen, wharf extension and dry berth facility, new workshops, slipway improvements for local water sports clubs and additional moorings, delivering jobs in industry, and in the knowledge and service sectors.

The proposed 377 homes (including affordable homes) and an hotel are embedded within a lush landscape, taking advantage of the mild microclimates in this part of Cornwall. Public spaces and gardens between clusters of homes work with the topography to create spaces for play, contemplation and activity, as well as extensive walking and cycling routes linking into existing local routes.

Matt Williams, Associate at FCBStudios said, “We have been involved in the regeneration of this significant brownfield site for 10 years and have had the unique opportunity to shape the vision for the port.

Located within the UNESCO World Heritage Cornwall and West Devon Mining landscape, Hayle has exceptional beauty, inspirational history and a community, engaged with its future – all of which has helped to influence the emerging designs. With the construction work of our first phase fully underway, this next phase will deliver the facilities and housing that will support the continued economic and community success of the town,” he continued.

The proposals are site specific, drawing their character from that Hayle and from the vernacular of Cornish dwellings and industry. The new additions are intended to create places that promote community, sustainability and a healthy lifestyle attracting and supporting businesses and residents who will continue to feed back into the local community.

All images courtesy of FCBStudios.

See FCBStudios website.

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