28 October 2020
Local MP George Eustice has toured the site of the North Quay project in Hayle and said the “transformational” scheme was set to lift the economic prospects of the town.
Mr Eustice, MP for Camborne and Redruth, joined Simon Wright, Chief Executive of Corinthian Homes, to see for himself the progress achieved since work started on the regeneration scheme earlier this year.
See a video interview with George Eustice here.
More than a decade in the planning and one of the most eagerly awaited projects in Cornwall, North Quay will breathe new life into the harbour, creating an exciting and vibrant new coastal quarter. Phase one, currently being built, will feature beautifully designed homes, new shops and open spaces, all set within a stunning waterside location just yards from the magnificent Hayle Towans beaches with their three miles of golden sands.
Plans for Phase Two of the scheme include a new hotel and community centre, improved water sport and harbour facilities, cinema and new open-market and affordable homes.
The regeneration of Hayle Harbour was a priority for Mr Eustice when he was elected in 2010 and he was pivotal in securing government funding and other grant support for infrastructure work to remediate the former docksides, repair the harbour walls and build a new road and bridge opening up the area for regeneration.
He said: “I grew up around Hayle and I felt it was Hayles’s turn to get some proper investment and to regenerate the harbour. I’ve wanted this to start for a long time and it’s great to see this now moving forward and to see the progress Simon and his team have made on site over the last six months.”
Once complete, North Quay will become a focal point for further phases of the regeneration and a destination in its own right, for people living and working locally or enjoying a visit to Hayle, its near neighbour St Ives and wider West Cornwall.
Mr Eustice said: “I think this can really raise things for Hayle. We’ve got some fantastic high-spec apartments taking shape here. It’s a beautiful location on the edge of St Ives Bay, looking out over the Hayle estuary.
“What this does is bring really high-spec living space right into the centre of the town and brings back into use North Quay. The old ICI factory and the power station that were here shut down about a decade before I was born so for all my lifetime North Quay has been effectively a derelict post-industrial area and it’s great to see this brought back into use in the way it should be.
“This is transformational for Hayle really. The heart of Hayle will be very much around the harbour area, as I think it should be. It’s going to be a fabulous area, including new commercial space, and I think will really lift the economic prospects for the town.”
Simon Wright, Chief Executive of Corinthian Homes, said he was delighted to be able to show Mr Eustice the progress made on scheme, and the significant local employment already being generated by the construction project.
He said: “There has been the opportunity for this to happen for some time but for 30 to 40 years, people have looked at other parts of Cornwall coming forward. I genuinely feel that it is something that Hayle can be proud of on a national level and it will draw people nationally and internationally.
“It’s a fantastic location, within 300 metres of a three-mile beach, so you really do have people who want to come here and be inspired. The aim is to deliver a project which greatly enhances the local area and its economy. The design and architecture, which is already winning awards, is something which is a huge investment but has be borne out by the number of people who have pre-bought and taken an interest in coming here.”
During his visit Mr Eustice saw work well advanced on the first block of new quayside townhouses, which are expected to be completed later this year. Elsewhere on site, major groundworks are under way on the underground car park below the second block of townhouses, structural work is under way on the first block of apartments, work has started to prepare a new spine road which will link the waterfront and hilltop areas of the site and demolition of some of the redundant buildings on the site will start shortly.
Designed by internationally renowned architects and urban designers Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, North Quay is set amongst the striking scenery of the Hayle Estuary and within the boundaries of the Hayle Conservation Area and The UNESCO World Heritage Site for Cornwall and Devon. It has already won a Project Category award in the prestigious Housing Design Awards 2020.
Phase 1 will feature approximately 140 properties over 11 buildings, including 17 three bedroom wharf style houses and one, two and three bedroom apartments, many with views over the Hayle estuary and beyond. More than 50% of released properties have already been sold.
Phase 1 also includes the development of North Quay Square, which will host events all year round, and some 20 retail units for offices, shops and restaurants, creating a bustling café culture.
Public access to the beach will be maintained for all to enjoy and there will also be new car parking facilities at North Quay, a variety of attractive and well-connected pedestrian-friendly streets and seating areas incorporated into key locations along the wharf.
For further details about the plans for Phase 2 and the opportunity to leave feedback via a virtual exhibition, see: https://www.north-quay.co.uk/phase2