Business hub for former Cornwall cattle market

Posted on by John Cronin

Construction work is set to start on a community building and business hub on the site of a former cattle market in Cornwall.

helston buildingConstruction company Mansell, which specialises in community based projects, has announced it has been awarded the £1.7m contract for a community based project in Helston, Cornwall.

The ambitious scheme is the brainchild of the South Kerrier Alliance (SKA) community group. The mixed-use facility will include a market hall and conference centre, retail units, accommodation for adult care and support and a business hub for small and start-up businesses.

The 1st floor of the building (pictured) will include approximately 2,000 sq ft of serviced offices, meeting rooms and a “business hub”. Profits generated from the office rents will be used to fund local community projects and are deemed to be an essential element of the scheme.

The project is part financed by the EU along with financial support from the European Regional Development Fund the European Agricultural Fund for European Development.

The building, designed by RLT Architects, will be constructed using various energy saving measures, including solar power and is expected to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’.

As part of the successful planning application a study into the viability of the scheme was undertaken by commercial property specialists GVA. Their report (.pdf) concluded that the Cornwall offices market lacked a supply of affordable office space with the greatest need for adaptable office space on flexible lease terms.

Demolition of the existing cattle market buildings has begun and construction work is set to start later this month. The target completion date for the build is January 2012.

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