Cornwall

Historic Harvey's foundry secures lottery funding

Harvey's Foundry Trust - artist impression Image copyright Harvey's Foundry Trust
Image caption The trust said it would use the funding to conserve the remaining derelict Grade II listed buildings at the foundry

Lottery funding worth £4m has been awarded to the team behind the regeneration of a foundry in Cornwall.

Harvey's Foundry Trust in Hayle has been awarded the cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The trust said it would use the funding to conserve the remaining derelict Grade 2 listed buildings at the 19th Century foundry for commercial use.

Harvey's Foundry, which is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, was established in 1779.

The funding marks the final phase of the 10 year regeneration of Harvey's Foundry.

Match funding

It has already seen the site transformed into a centre housing 40 businesses, which the trust said had generated more 150 jobs.

Brian Capper, chair of the trust, said "The Heritage Lottery Fund received many high quality applications from around the country and we are delighted that our bid has been successful.

"There is much work still to do to secure match funding and finalise the details but this grant is a massive show of support for the trustees, staff and supporters of the trust and I congratulate them all."

Image copyright Harvey's Foundry Trust
Image caption Harvey's Foundry, which is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, was established in 1779

A lottery fund representative said the money would now bridge "that financial gap, enabling vital repairs and conservation works to transform the remaining buildings at Harvey's".

The trust said now that the grant has been approved "a much more detailed stage two bid process will begin and further consultation events will be arranged".

During the Industrial Revolution, the foundry powered heavy industries ranging from mining to ship-building.

As the Cornish mining industry collapsed the company went into decline.

In the early 1900s it was closed and the site was subsequently divided up and sold off.

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