Heartlands - tower


Archtitect: Stride Treglown
Client: Big Lottery/HCA/Cornwall Council/EUC Midas
Photographer: Simon Burt

Cornwall has the lowest prosperity of any county in England, and this area has the lowest prosperity within Cornwall; facts that attracted almost £3 million of EU funding. However, it was the successful £22 million Big Lottery funding bid that provided the impetus for this initiative: the 19-acre Heartlands site that is the gateway to the area's last working mine: Robinson's Shaft.

Working closely with the numerous client and funding bodies, English Heritage, LA Conservation and the local community, the architects have painstakingly pieced together a site not only of well-restored and new buildings, but one with a strong narrative.

This project is an optimistic catalyst for social change - for the community by the community and one in which 'architecture' is rightly prepared to take a back seat.

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