Sustainable design as a catalyst for regeneration.

The Heartlands Project is a community-led vision to transform 7.5ha of Cornwall’s most derelict industrial landscape into a truly inspirational cultural attraction.

We won an international competition to masterplan and design an imaginative mixed-use site that celebrated the culture of Cornwall and became a catalyst for regeneration.

Our design aimed to capture the spirit of Cornwall, providing dynamic new spaces for the community and visitors to enjoy. The masterplan included place to relax in the Diaspora Gardens, an outdoor events space and surrounding parkland. We also created the largest free adventure playground in Cornwall, with play specialists Timberplay. Revelling in Cornish folklore, the playground includes custom-made wooden climbing structures, tunnels and a beach with diggers and a sand transportation system.

The development also encompassed the Grade II listed Robinson’s Shaft, which was restored to provide a gateway for the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, artists’ studios and residential units.

We worked with a large multidisciplinary team for the client Cornwall Council.

The project has won a raft of design and community awards including RIBA’s National Award, RTPI Schemes on the Ground and RICS Community Benefit.

For inspirational regeneration projects with an environment-sensitive foundation please contact Adrian Wikeley or Andrew Joynt.