“Creating a vibrant landmark place to visit and work, right at the heart of Hayle Harbour.”
This proposal features a wide range of uses for this site which will all hold together with the aspiration of becoming a publicly accessible ‘landmark’ for Hayle Harbour. The proposal for East Quay will emerge from the desire to create a building(s) with an ethos which captures the rich tapestry of harbour life.
The centrepiece of the East Quay project is a new public building which will contain art gallery / exhibition space and a filmhouse.
Along with the desire for a public presence on this site, there is also the requirement for harbour users to retain access and usage going forward. The local fishing industry will be served by improved fish landing / handling facilities. The proposal contains a wide range of workshop sizes and scales and there is currently firm interest from a number of suitable potential tenants.
Externally, the form of the buildings will be both striking, and contextually respond to both the heritage and future life of the port and its community. The detailed brief for the buildings has been developed in collaboration with the harbour owners, the Filmhouse operators and art space managers / tenants.
The proposed building(s) and associated landscaping will be simple and robust, with dedicated areas being to a standard that reflects the requirement of public access.
Access and movement around the site will need to carefully balance the operational needs of the harbour and a level of accessibility that allows the public to access certain areas unhindered and in a welcoming manner.
“A sustainable place to live surrounded by nature.”
Riviere Fields has been envisaged as a new sustainable hamlet, accessible to all, embedded in the surrounding landscape. The project includes 254 dwellings (36% of which are affordable homes) set around well designed landscape spaces.
A central Green Spine connects it to Hayle and to the neighbouring developments. This central green corridor forms the backbone of the proposed development; at its heart, a community green space, the Splatt, takes the place of the traditional village green. From this central hub, a clear network of streets and spaces articulates a series of residential plots, making the most of specific views and orientation.
The careful articulation of the building terraces along the land’s contours has allowed a gentle modeling of the ground, taking in account issues of accessibility, emergency and car access and refuse collection.
Sustainability is a key emphasis for the development in both arrangement and building design. The masterplan strategies, aims and material choices will offer a cohesive scheme with clear sustainable credentials aligned with the latest contemporary construction and passive design methodologies. Riviere Fields is an opportunity to design new contemporary housing for the local population which offers a better internal environment, a sense of community, place and wellbeing, and is more adaptable to future uses.
A structured network of play spaces and pedestrian and cycle routes weave their way through the development providing spaces for recreation and play in a rich landscape environment. Water management and biodiversity corridors have been carefully considered in order to respond to the physical opportunities and challenges of the existing site.
Forming good street frontages with houses overlooking the public realm and with integrated car park
Distancing the buildings from the existing tree belt and breaking the massing in smaller buildings
Realigning the southern terrace of semidetached houses with the Victorian houses on Clifton Terrace
Creating usable and over-looked amenity space and protecting biodiversity corridors
Incorporating sustainable urban drainage systems
Integrating pedestrian and cycle routes
The proposals for Hayle Harbour respond to the development principles approved at the outline planning stage in 2010. These principles, which are listed below, relate to the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the town and the wider region, and are aimed at delivering a sustainable future for Hayle. They remain as valid today as they were, and are consistent with the core objectives of the National Planning Policy Framework.
The detailed proposals (the 'Reserved Matters') for the Phase 2 character areas have been submitted to Cornwall Council.
The outline planning consent establishes a series of design controls which provide the context for bringing forward sensitively designed regeneration proposals. Development Briefs and Design Codes have informed the Phase 2 Reserved Matters.
Illustrated here is a site diagram which indicates the locations of all of the character areas which have been submitted as part of the Reserved Matters planning application.
|THE YARD||Zone 2|
|CHIEFTAIN'S YARD||Zone 3|
|THE HILLTOP||Zone 4|
|HILLTOP CAR PARK||Zone 5|
|HOTEL + SPORTS HUB||Zone 6|
|EASTERN GATEWAY||Zone 7|
|STABLE BLOCK||Zone 8|
|EAST QUAY||Zone 9|
|RIVIERE FIELDS||Zone 10|
“A unique coastal neighbourhood created around sheltered gardens.”
This area will feature townhouses of a range of sizes offering a variety of choice for potential residents. Each dwelling has access to well managed communual landscape, and sheltered external spaces to benefit from throughout the year. This setting ensures that a strong maritime character is achieved despite having minimal estuarine views.
Architecturally, these buildings should be well considered, good quality ‘background’ buildings which evoke the character of the scale of a traditional harbourside settlement, but without pastiche.
The overarching concept of creating a fine grain development on The Yard site has been well received by both the Client, Local Authority and Heritage bodies.
The approved strategy recognises that this part of the site requires a strong sense of character of its own, whilst still being an integral part of the North Quay site. The generally low rise development of two to three storeys will consist of a townhouse typology which benefits from an outlook onto a communal lush sub-tropical garden, and also benefits from sheltered private courtyards and roof terraces.
At the northern end, the development should look to respond positively to the setting of the existing granite chimney which is one of the few built structures remaining from the industrial past. The sub-tropical gardens between the dwellings wll be free from vehicles, and become communal spaces which the residents and visitors can enjoy. The front doors for the dwellings will be accessed via this space providing a lush semi-private garden.
“A family of buildings arranged within a lush sheltered landscape.”
The site is within a historic disused quarry. Open to the south, overlooking the harbour and East Quay with the west and eastern boundaries formed by steep densely vegetated cliff faces. This site will contain a cluster of modestly scaled apartment buildings.
It is intended that the spaces between the buildings will create a hierarchy of engaging shared landscaped gardens. The design is simple and robust enough to withstand the rigours of the exposed marine location.
The naturally wild cliff face will continue to be home to an abundance of plant and animal life, offering privacy, and a tranquil backdrop to north facing rooms. The Yard location boasts views across the Stable Block towards East Quay, and at upper levels a view of the wider harbour.
The buildings will be joined at ground floor via a landscaped plinth which sits above a concealed car parking area, The shared landscape will flow between the buildings. The backdrop of the wild cliff faces will complement and contrast the more selective, maintained gardens that sit on the plinth.
The spaces between the solids will be naturally private, sheltered from the coastal weather by both the residences and the cliff. Wood-lined intimate walkways meander between trees and shrubs offering places to relax and reflect, which then open up to create larger public squares for play and socialising.
The seasonal and colourful nature of the planting in Chieftain’s Yard, will contrast the more neutral changing tones of the wild cliff faces.
“A new neighbourhood nestled amongst the natural landscape overlooking the dramatic Hayle Estuary.”
The Hilltop is a raised area of Towans at the top of the cliff on North Quay which enjoys spectacular views across the harbour, estuary and landscape around Hayle. It is intended that the dwellings appear to blend in with the existing dune landscape, whilst still providing light and airy living accommodation within.
From the outset, there has been a strong desire to maintain as much of the wild, natural landscape of this part of the site as possible. This approach offers a number of benefits in terms of ecological and heritage sensitivity, whilst also creating a strong character for the dwellings within this location.
The hilltop location offers the best view point for the expansive estuary setting and the dwellings will benefit hugely from this. The elevated position also provides glimpse views across the bay towards St.Ives to the west. Primary living spaces should all face the views, with it being the focus of the dwelling.
In general terms, the 31 detached dwellings will appear to nestle within the natural landscape when viewed from the surrounding context. Natural materials have been used so as to blend in with the landscape and reference the vernacular of the local chalets.
“A vibrant leisure and watersports hub for Hayle - the gateway to St. Ives Bay”
This site sits at the junction between wharf / harbourside and the natural dune landscape that connects through directly to the beach and bay beyond. Located next to an existing slipway, the site provides easy access to the waters edge for leisurecraft users and visitors.
At the heart of the proposal is a multi-purpose hall building which will be made available for a wide range of functions, events and serve the sporting activities that will take place from this area. The community building, accessed from the North, will have an unrivalled panoramic view across the harbour, fronting directly on to the beach.
To the west of the slipway is a low-lying linear building which will feature some of the hotel accommodation. Nestled within existing landform, the building will also create an edge to the the site which will allow the sand dunes to be recreated in this area after many years of erosion and degradation.
To the west and north of the watersports yard is the majority of the hotel accommodation and supporting facilities.
“Renovating the historic buildings and improving harbour facilities”
This proposal will form the key entrance space to the east of the site, and will set the tone for design and spatial quality for the wider North Quay site. At pedestrian level, it is envisaged that this threshold space will act as a key heritage interpretation area before ‘rounding the headland’ and emerging into North Quay proper.
The Grade 2 Listed Stable Block - one of the last visible historical remnants - will be transformed and enable the public realm adjacent to be activated. The proposed design utilises the full extent of the redundant and neglected space which exists behind the existing Stable Block structure. This space currently presents a visually negative space which can be viewed from an elevated position from the main pedestrian route along the North Quay access road.
The proposal for the Stable Block area will be modest, and respectful of the existing Grade 2 Listed building. The character of the stone building will be preserved and restored where possible to create space(s) which will be made available for local businesses. The two new sheds are scaled in a way that reflects the historic setting but also create an attractive entrance sequence to the North Quay area.
OVERVIEW - The Customs House
“A new neighbourhood created on the southern slopes above Copperhouse Pool.”
While inspired by Cornish history and culture, Riviere Fields will also look firmly to the future. The high quality design of the new development will draw on a number of key aims to create a community that will prosper in the years to come.