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.

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

Our design aimed to capture the spirit of Cornwall, providing dynamic new spaces for the community and visitors to enjoy. The masterplan included the Diaspora Gardens, an outdoor events space, surrounding parkland and the largest free adventure playground in Cornwall. Revelling in Cornish folklore, the playground includes custom-made wooden climbing structures from play specialists Timberplay, 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.

The project has won a raft of design and community awards including RIBA’s National Award.

Services employed: Landscape DesignUrban Design & Masterplanning

For inspirational regeneration projects with an environment-sensitive foundation please contact Andrew Joynt