£17m scheme breathing new life into town
A £17 MILLION initiative is restoring Camborne's neglected historic buildings to make the town more attractive.
The Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) began in 2008 in Camborne and has fully restored dozens of landmark buildings, using high-quality materials, in the local area.
THIs bring vacant buildings back into use and promote the use of local materials and traditional building techniques.
The initiative will run until 2016, giving a total of 46 buildings in Camborne, Roskear and Tuckingmill a spruce-up to make the areas more attractive.
Funds for the initiative have been supplied by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cornwall Council and Camborne Town Council, with the private sector contributing more than £15 million.
Andrew Richards, THI co-ordinator, said: "It is a scheme that endeavours to use high-grade materials in returning historic or rundown buildings to their former glory.
"Our initial phase of refurbishment projects ran from 2008 until December 2012. But as the scheme proved so successful and gathered a lot of positive feedback, a second phase was launched shortly after."
The THI funding has brought back buildings from the verge of dereliction such as the public rooms building on Trevenson Street. Thanks to the THI, the landmark property has been given a comprehensive makeover and is a mixed-use business hub.
And a total of 18 buildings have been removed from the 'at risk register' through THI funding.
The initiative has also involved local schools, with pupils turning their hands to engineering, helping to design some of the buildings' new looks.
Students from Cornwall College's BTEC engineering diploma course designed and watched production of traditional cast street signs that were installed at the THI-funded Holman's scheme, which restored a former mining building and the old manager's building next door.
Mr Richards said the feedback from the public and town council has been positive, adding: "We hope it is a boost for the areas and sets a precedent for refurbishment works from other companies."
Camborne Community Centre is the latest building set to be given a new look through THI funding. The future of the building had been cast into doubt but a new committee that came on board to stop it going under said the planned works would return the centre to its former glory.