Cornwall

£1m boost for Cornish mining buildings

Count House and Carpenters' shop in about 1925. Reproduced courtesy of King Edward Mine Archive
Image caption The work will see the Count House removed from English Heritage's national Heritage at Risk Register
Count House today Reproduced courtesy of Cornwall Council Historic Environment Projects
Image caption The buildings will be refurbished to create nine workspace units

More than £1.1m in European funding has been granted to regenerate buildings at the heart of Cornwall's industrial mining heritage.

The grant from the ERDF Convergence Programme will be used for the Count House and carpenters' shop complexes at King Edward Mine, near Camborne.

Cornwall Council, which owns the Grade II listed buildings, will contribute about £800,000 towards the scheme.

The buildings will be refurbished to create nine workspace units.

'Great news'

The work will also see the Count House removed from English Heritage's national Heritage at Risk Register.

The units, with £1,126,248 funding from the ERDF, will be marketed to businesses within the creative industry sector.

The council said this was one of the fastest growing sectors in the Cornish economy, with an estimated turnover of £500m per year.

Tony Brooks, chairman of the King Edward Mine Museum, said it was "great news".

"For us, it ticks all of the boxes - our historically important mine buildings will be conserved, work spaces will be created that we hope will be filled by local people, and the income generated will be available to maintain the buildings."

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