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FCBS finally wins go-ahead for revised Cornish quay proposals

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Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) has won approval for a mixed-used scheme on Hayle’s listed South Quay following a final set of revisions

Last Spring the AJ100 practice unveiled ’significantly reworked’ plans for the historic Cornish harbourside, having previously won approval for a contentious £30 milllon project – despite criticism from Historic England (then English Heritage).

However since submitting its revised proposals for the site’s new owner, Arke Developments, FCBS has made further amendments to its designs for the long-derelict quayside site, which sits within the Devon and Cornwall Tin and Copper Mining World Heritage Site.

Following the submission of its application was submitted in May 2017, the firm said it carried out further ’consultation and review’ with UNESCO, ICOMOS, Historic England and the local authority, leading to further refinements of the designs.

The plans subsequently achieved ‘unanimous support’ from Cornwall Council in December – though the final decision was deferred until further discussions with UNESCO had taken place.

FCBS associate Matt Williams, who comes from nearby Penzance, admitted that the design and consultation process had been ‘incredibly complex’.

He said: ‘Since our outline proposals were approved in 2012, the scheme has been subjected to intense scrutiny from UNESCO and national heritage bodies.

’Through regular dialogue during the design development, we have succeeded in creating a scheme that is both historically responsive and forward-looking. We are thrilled to have gained the support of the key stakeholders – on local, national and international levels.’

The proposed amendments achieve a more contextual relationship with the site’s surroundings

Simon Hickman, Historic England’s principal inspector of historic buildings and areas, added: ‘The proposed amendments are a positive step, achieving a more contextual relationship with the site’s surroundings. In general, we find the proposed development to be a good, sympathetic response to its historic context.’

The project will creates 30 two, three and four-bedroom flats and townhouses, two restaurants and a performance space, and is officially the second phase of the wider regeneration of South Quay.

Three years ago the practice also completed the award-winning £15 million Asda store as part of the first phase of the quay’s redevelopment.

Work is expected to start on phase two later this year.

Collage before and after fcbs hayle

Collage before and after fcbs hayle

Source: Forbes Massie

Plans from May 2017 (left). Approved proposals March 2018 (right)

Project data

Location Hayle, Cornwall
Type of project Mixed-use regeneration
Client Hayle Quays
Architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Planning consultant P4 Planning
Cost consultant Rex Proctor & Partners
Heritage consultant Stephen Levrant Heritage Architect
Engagement consultant Consensus PR
Total cost Undisclosed

South quay elevational diagrams a1 (image by fcb studios)

South quay elevational diagrams a1 (image by fcb studios)

Source: FCBS

APPROVED: South Quay elevation diagrams - phase 2 of the South Quay development in Hayle by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios [March 2018]


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  • What we need is more quangos and NGOs to pontificate and waste time and money?

    Where is Historic Historic? Mission Statement: Move Heathrow to Stansted and replace with a Garden City.

    And then England England? Mission statement: Move England back to Africa, but not in a colonial way.

    Highly paid CEOs and secretariats all round. No qualifications required, but good connections will help? Consultants will be qualified, but of a certain age.

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