Tuckingmill, Camborne

Regeneration in Camborne Becomes a Reality

Truro based architects and urban designers CSA Architects, have secured planning permission for an important regeneration scheme in Tuckingmill, Camborne.  This historically important mining area will be transformed from dereliction, returning it to a thriving residential and commercial neighbourhood.

Tuckingmill, Camborne

CSA Architects have worked with a broad range of local stakeholders including Cornwall Council to produce the “Tuckingmill Urban Design Framework”.  Proposals for the 24 acre site include the creation of new office space through the renovation and reuse of the historically significant ‘North Lights Fuse Works’ building, a café, corner shop and over 380 new homes.

The public spaces of this centrally located site will be linked to other local recreation areas including the ‘Mineral Tramways’ routes.

Tuckingmill is a site of great historic importance partly within the World Heritage Site.  The North Lights building, a local landmark on Pendaves Street and an important part of the World Heritage Site, will become the gateway to Tuckingmill’s new quarter.  It was once the home to possibly the most important invention of the mining industry, the safety fuse.  Its strong architectural form in granite and brick has had a defining influence on the design of the development.

Justin Dodge, CSA’s Managing Director, explains how the practice managed to secure planning permission on its first attempt.

“CSA Architects were chosen to direct and design this major regeneration project due to our multidisciplinary capability.  By forming working relationships with the planning consultants, key stakeholders and the public, we agreed an urban design framework which was adopted by the Local Planning Authority earlier this year.”

He continues,

“Throughout the ensuing planning process, CSA Architects as lead consultants provided a range of services including architecture, masterplanning and financial viability analysis; we were also responsible for assessing landscape and visual impacts.  We are committed to producing a high quality environment, regenerating Tuckingmill sensitively but dynamically.”

Today, Tuckingmill is a derelict and contaminated area with easy access to its dangerous redundant industrial buildings and mine shafts.  The large warehouse which lies idle and derelict ten years after its former use as a karting track will be removed and replaced by housing and a public square and linked to the Bickford Smith Bowling Club. Funding from the Town Heritage Initiative has been offered and Convergence Funding assured for this major project that will transform the future of Camborne and its surrounding areas while celebrating its past.

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