South Quay sits within the Devon and Cornwall Tin and Copper Mining World Heritage Site. In its heyday, Hayle was the only port serving the mining industry and thrived on the export of copper, tin and heavy industrial machinery to locations across the world. Since the decline of the Cornish mining industries, South Quay has lain derelict, despite a number of attempts to secure its future since the 1970s.
FCBStudios was appointed as Architect for the regeneration of South Quay in 2011, part-way through the determination of a planning application for a previous scheme: Cornwall County Council identified South Quay as being the optimum site for a new food store but made it clear that a fresh approach to design and heritage would be required to secure consent. We undertook an intensive programme of stakeholder engagement, orchestrating a series of day long workshops with officers, members of Cornwall County Council and Hayle Town Council, English Heritage and other interested parties and local groups. UNESCO and ICOMOS were also consulted.