Eight-hectare project is architect’s latest involvement at World Heritage Site
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has won planning for an 8ha regeneration project at a historic Cornish harbour.
It will be the third project undertaken by the architect at Hayle, a Unesco World Heritage Site on the north coast quite neat St Ives.
The council granted outline planning for the North Quay masterplan and detailed consent for the first phase of work. This will involve 140 dwellings, 2,000sq m of retail space on the waterfront, 600sq m of office space, improved facilities for the fishing fleet and a new public square.
Later phases will increase the number of homes to 300, a boutique hotel, a watersports centre and works to a grade II-listed stable block.
FCBS’ involvement at Hayle began with the restoration of the listed South Quay for Bowmer & Kirkland in 2014, opening it to the public for the first time in its history. In April last year the practice won planning for the creation of housing and restaurants at the South Quay for Hayle Quays Ltd.
The work at North Quay was approved unanimously by the council’s strategic planning committee.
The commercial and residential buildings closest to the quay take their design cues from Cornish harboursides and Hayle’s coal wharf heritage and will have views over the estuary.
The narrow wharf lanes evoke the historic railway routes that weaved their way through structures and buildings, creating spaces sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly wind and leading to the new square, said Matt Williams, associate at FCBS.
Just above the quay and embedded into the dune landscape will be low-density villa-style housing.
“Developing a scheme for Hayle that works with the operational needs of the historic harbour, the economic and residential requirements of the town and the setting of the site – conservation area, World Heritage Site, adjacent to a SSSI – was challenging, but has resulted in a place that will complement and enhance the historic town,” said Williams.
“Following an exemplar planning process we now have support from the local community, town council, Cornwall council , Historic England and Icomos.”