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We have now submitted our planning application for Phase 3 and with your help we can further demonstrate to Cornwall Council how valuable our Phase 3 project will be, not only to our local community in Redruth, but the wider creative industry in Cornwall. To support our application, please click here to view the Cornwall Council planning portal. Our planning application reference: PA23/10360.
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our long-awaited small-scale capital project, Phase 3. £382,819 has been awarded to Krowji by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Good Growth Programme, which is managed by Cornwall Council and funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It brings the total sum of our Phase 3 project to just under £700k.
In 2021, Cornwall’s shared sense of pride in Krowji as a cultural institution was affirmed by an outpouring of support and donations for our artists when a devastating fire ripped through the centre of our complex and destroyed 15 studios. The funding received from Cornwall Council has enabled us to take a holistic and forward-thinking approach to replacing those studios lost which will secure a sustainable future for our creative hub and enable us to increase our offer to those working in the creative industries in Cornwall.
We are very excited to be working with architects Artel 31, who will design and oversee the construction of a cluster of approx. 15 repurposed shipping containers at the heart of our site. Our brief is centred around current demand for studio provision across the creative sector in Cornwall and increasing opportunities for those practices currently underrepresented at Krowji. We will enhance the surrounding landscape, increase biodiversity and create more inclusive gathering areas to facilitate those pivotal opportunities to network, collaborate and share knowledge and experience. Artel 31’s bold and innovative design ideas will help us to attract the next generation of creatives and maximise our contribution to the retention of creative talent in Cornwall.
Following a period of consultation with current and prospective tenants and the submission of detailed drawings for planning, we anticipate work will commence on site in spring 2024 with studios ready for occupation by autumn/winter 2024.
In tandem with the container studio build, we have commissioned a 5-year planned maintenance and improvement programme. The core purpose of this work is to protect the future of our iconic older buildings and enhance our strengths in environmental sustainability and accessibility across the site. The specialist surveys will also be carried out at our satellite site, The Yard, on Falmouth Road in Redruth, where we have future plans for redevelopment.
We will be working with PHD Property on this area of our Phase 3 project. PHD provide bespoke building advisory services and their recent clients include the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol. The surveys will be carried out by the end of the year with building modification works commencing on site in early 2024.
If you are interested in finding out more about Phase 3, please click here to join our mailing list to receive regular updates. We will share more details about the new studios and how to apply once the designs have been finalised.
Good Growth Programme
The Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Good Growth Programme has been allocated £132m from the UK Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund to spend on local investment. The Good Growth Programme is managed by Cornwall Council and all funding decisions are taken locally by the Economic Prosperity Board which is made up of elected members from Cornwall Council and the Council of the isles of Scilly. Cornwall Council has been chosen by Government as the lead authority for the fund which is being invested in accordance with the Good Growth SPF Investment Plan, with a focus on green and inclusive growth. The three investment priorities are community and place, support for local businesses, and people and skills.
To find out more visit the Good Growth website.
UK Shared Prosperity Fund
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK by investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperityfund-prospectus