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New heart for Cornwall

New heart for Cornwall

Heartlands, a visitor attraction and World Heritage Site Gateway, has opened in the former mining heart of Cornwall.

The 19-acre site is hailed as the UK’s first free cultural playground and is designed to regenerate one of the most densely populated areas of Cornwall.

Architects Stride Treglown developed the designs for 16 Grade II* listed buildings that form the historic centrepiece of the scheme; Robinsons Shaft mining complex. The listed buildings have been restored to allow its adoption as one of Cornwall's key interpretation sites for the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site.

Based on former derelict mine land, Heartlands will run as a social enterprise by the charity, the Heartlands Trust, and includes a restored Engine House with 80” Beam Engine (the last Cornish engine to work on a Cornish mine); the biggest adventure playground in Cornwall, the Diaspora Botanical Gardens; a café and bar, art and craft studios, events arena and a amphitheatre for live performances.

Heartlands received £22.3m from the Big Lottery Fund with additional funding provided by Cornwall Council, Home and Communities Agency and the European Union to reach £35m.

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