St Austell Townscape Heritage Project

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Following successful applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund, a Townscape Heritage (TH) scheme started in St Austell in July 2018 and will finish in June 2022.

The Scheme has a budget of around £1.3 million and is funding high quality traditional repairs, shopfront, and signage reinstatement and architectural detailing in the Conservation Area. It is rejuvenating and bringing back to use key historic buildings to complement public areas.

The TH scheme will upskill local contractors in traditional and new sustainable building techniques through pioneering skills training initiatives. Exciting website updates and a heritage project involving local
Following successful applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund, a Townscape Heritage (TH) scheme started in St Austell in July 2018 and will finish in June 2022.

The Scheme has a budget of around £1.3 million and is funding high quality traditional repairs, shopfront, and signage reinstatement and architectural detailing in the Conservation Area. It is rejuvenating and bringing back to use key historic buildings to complement public areas.

The TH scheme will upskill local contractors in traditional and new sustainable building techniques through pioneering skills training initiatives. Exciting website updates and a heritage project involving local schools will raise awareness of the area's historic significance.

The scheme is being delivered by a local partnership including Cornwall Council, the Town Council, BID and local business and community interests; working alongside experienced local authority staff.

Local community and volunteer groups are engaged through consultation and training to undertake survey and legacy-monitoring.

By regenerating St Austell Town Centre the TH scheme will help implement adopted planning, regeneration and retail policies for the area, as well as the updated Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan.


Progressing Projects

  1. St Austell Market House
  2. 1 - 3 Victoria Place
  3. 32 / 32a Fore Street
  4. The Trinity Centre, 3 Market Street
  5. 2-6 Bodmin Road
  6. St Austell Drinking Fountain
  7. Café Tengo
  • Works Progressing Update - February 2022

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    Works progressing:


    St Austell Market House

    Use: Market House containing Town Museum and commercial units

    Works funded:

    • New frameless recessed clear glazing to Ground Floor openings to recreate the look of the original open arches
    • Removal of internal partitions and suspended ceilings to reveal original vaulted stone ceilings
    • Refurbishment of double hung sash windows to first floor
    • Re-seating granite entrance steps
    • New ceramic hanging signs to the Market House and Museum;
    • Bespoke ceramic planters within recesses to ground floor glazed openings
    • New cast iron gutters and downpipies replacing current undersized ones
    • Fascia repairs
    • Selected lime re-pointing
    • Additional agreed work includes new temporary flooring and internal architectural lighting to the granite arches


    A skills training workshop for Cornwall College Carpentry students on timber window repairs was held on Thursday 23rd January 2020.

    Workshops also took place with Cornwall College Art students who assisted production of the new ceramic hanging sign.









    1-3 Victoria Place (Day Lewis Chemist)

    Use: Continued use of chemist at ground floor, ground floor flat, conversion of upper floors to additional 6 residential units


    Works funded:

    • New traditional shopfront with detailing based on original shopfront
    • New ground floor flat window
    • Repaired and overhauled upper floor sash windows
    • New cast rainwater goods


    32/32a Fore Street (Hays Travel)

    Use: Commercial all floors

    Works funded:

    • Leadwork repairs to barrel roofed dormer window and parapet
    • Window repairs
    • External painting, picking out detailing in contrasting colours


    2-6 Bodmin Road

    Use: Retail at Ground Floor, residential on upper floors


    Works funded:

    • New traditional shopfront with bespoke stallriser tiling
    • New traditional sash windows
    • Breathable internal insulation
    • New timber fascia and soffit
    • New ogee cast alluminium gutters
    • Front walls painted in breathable mineral paint



    Market St, Trinity Centre (former Hop and Vine)

    Use: Church offices and display area, community café, meeting, training rooms

    Works funded:

    • New traditional shopfront
    • Sash window repairs
    • Refixing roofing slate
    • Structural repairs to roof
    • Cast rainwater goods


    Drinking Fountain, Holy Trinity Churchyard wall

    Use: Drinking Fountain

    Works funded:

    • Repairs to damaged drinking fountain including reinstating marble side pieces and missing finials, stone cleaning
    • Repair and repointing churchyard railings

    Café Tengo, 1 Fore Street

    Use: Ground floor café, upper floors other uses connected to cafe.

    Works funded:

    • Re-tile shopfront in bespoke 3D tiling with edible planting
    • New ground floor doors to cafe
    • Repair and repaint first and second floor windows
    • Clean down and paint walls of main elevations


    Tregarne Former Sunday School

    Use: Vacant building converted into three flats with internal parking spaces for 5 cars and cycle storage.

    Works funded:

    • Clean down external walls, repairing render and repainting in mineral paint picking out detailing in contrasting colours
    • Re-roofing in reclaimed local slate
    • Structural repairs to roof structure
    • Chimney repairs
    • Cast rainwater goods
    • New corner front double doors to original detailing
    • Repair of front main entrance doors
    • Repair and overhaul of seven arch headed windows reinstating any missing coloured glass
    • Five new sash windows to side elevation
    • Three new tall arched sash windows to rear and new sash window to side elevation
    • Reinstate original boarded reveal detail to twelve windows


    3 Fore Street

    Use: New shopfront to vacant building.

    Works funded:

    • Pilasters to each side of new shopfront
    • New cornice, fascia and sign (hand painted or ceramic)
    • Painting to new shopfront and sign in high performance timber paint
    • New leadwork over new shopfront




  • General Progress Update - November 2021

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    Work progressing:

    • St Austell Market House

    Grant Panel approval, grant offer made (£114,145). First phase works complete. Works include refurbished first floor windows, new clear glazed ground floor openings and removal of suspended ceiling to reveal original granite arched ceiling. Additional works (up to £15,000) for architectural lighting for internal granite arches. LBC submitted for work. Successful Launch with assistance from Cultural Recovery Fund on August 21st.


    • 1-3 Victoria Place

    Grant Panel approval, grant offer made (£54,228) for new shopfront, new ground floor flat window and cast rainwater goods. Additional work (£7,130.52) agreed through a variation. This included repair and overhaul of all 10 front elevation sash windows, new sash window to side elevation and new cast rainwater goods. Scheme now complete.


    • 32/32a Fore Street (Hays Travel)

    Grants panel approval, grant offer made (£13,808) and agreement signed and returned. Works include leadwork repairs to barrel roofed dormer window and parapet, window repairs and external painting, picking out detailing in contrasting colours. Works started in November 2020. Additional work (£11,864.93) including replacement windows, leadwork to parapet and structural repairs now agreed with completion in November 2021. Works complete and building now structurally sound and weatherproof.


    • The Trinity Centre, 3 Market Street (former Hop and Vine)

    Grant Panel approval, grant offer made (£91,502), agreement signed and returned. Works include new shopfront, window refurbishment and structural repairs. Works started on site and progressing well, estimated completion December 2021.


    • 2-6 Bodmin Road

    Grant Panel approval, grant offer made (£53,535), agreement signed and returned. Works include new shopfront with bespoke stallriser tiling and traditional sash windows to front elevation, painting external wall and installling breathable internal insulation to upper storey flats. Planning permission obtained. Windows,fascia and shopfront installed and walls painted. Ceramic Artist developing shopfront tiling design. Structural repairs carried out on rusted front column bases. Project started on site with completion November 2021. Additional unforeseen works agreed in principle (up to £13,000 grant est).

    • Drinking Fountain

    Cormac successful in retendered through Due North (up to £50,000). Works include repairs to Drinking Fountain and churchyard wall. Discussions taken place over extend of work to churchyard that could be funded. Listed Building Consent and Faculty approval obtained. Additional contribution towards works from Cornwall Council. Drinking Fountain repairs commenced on site. Churchyard railing repairs commenced. Completion December 2021.


    • Café Tengo

    Scheme being progressed to reclad frontage in bespoke ceramic tiling with edible planting, repaint external wall, repair and paint windows and install new doors. Costs returned, planning permission obtained. White Gold contributing £5,000 towards costs in addition to TH grant. Grant offer and agreement (£38,730.16) signed. Roof cleaning, window repairs, new doors and wall painting now complete. Completion January 2022.


    Grant offers made:

    • Old Manor House

    Grant Panel approval, grant offer made (£194,871), updated agreement accepted by applicants solicitors. Works include new Cornish slate roof, reinstating original timber windows with leaded lights, reinstating original dormer windows, cast rainwater goods. Agent appointed, Listed Building Consent obtained, tenders returned but over budget. Value engineering currently taken place. Weekly Teams meetings with applicant and agent. Proposed start date now March 2022, estimated completion June 2022.



    Grant offers made but schemes not proceeding:

    • 8 Bodmin Road

    Grant panel approval, grant offer made (£34,402), agreement not returned, owner decided to sell on without grant to avoid clawback, discussions with tenants to see if any other alternatives. Other option would be to discuss agreed grant offer with new owners.


    • 5 Church Street

    Grant Panel approval, grant offer and Agreement drafted (£91,571). Financial concerns raised by independent QS mostly addressed but applicants then decided to concentrate on conversion work that did not need planning permission without taking up grant offer. Applicant indicated he may apply this year for a grant for the frontage only.



    Applications being progressed:

    • Tregarne Chapel and Sunday School

    Owner decided to auction building with planning permission. Discussions ongoing with developer who bought Chapel and Sunday School at Auction. Grant offer being discussed to convert Sunday school to three flats with 5 parking spaces for chapel conversion. Agreed works include repair of all original windows and doors, structural repairs, re-roofing, render repair and painting. Valuations obtained, formal tendering through sealed bids. Conservation deficit calculation being worked out. NLHF authority given to proceed. Proposed start date November 2021 (Completion June 2022).



    Other schemes being developed subject to available funding:

    • 3 Fore Street

    New shopfront designs agreed. Planning application submitted. Tenders returned, grant application submitted. Grant offer being worked up.


    • 8 Market Street

    Designs and quotations obtained for ceramic reclad to shopfront. Discussions ongoing with co-owners


    • 1 Vicarage Hill

    Discussions ongoing with owner on frontage repairs and ceramic reclad.


    • 39a and 49 Fore Street (former Liberal Club)

    Tenders returned. Meeting being arranged with owner to discuss two potential shopfront schemes


    • Tregonissey House

    Discussion ongoing with owner over possible grant for window and door repairs, new ground floor windows and doors, access improvements, shopfront/signage improvements and leadwork to parapet.


    • 10 Victoria Place (Your Move)

    Tender returned, meeting being arranged with owner to discuss potential scheme to repair and replace original windows


    • 44 Fore Street

    Discussions ongoing with new owner over potential scheme for new shopfront and reinstated traditional sash windows to frontage.


    • The Stag Inn

    Specification produced for repair and repainting of all original windows, re roofing, render repairs and re painting external walls. Quotations being obtained for all work. Owner having problems raising finance and decided not to proceed. Reduced scheme might be possible at later date if business picks up this year.

  • Traditional Skills Training

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    A traditional and sustainable skills programme is ongoing including ‘Hands on’ workshops on TH funded projects.

    Training events so far include:

    • Creative Front (ceramic training day-26 attendees): 26th March 2019
    • Linseed Paint Workshop (10 attendees): 11th July 2019
    • Creative Front (Workshop at White Gold Festival): Sept 2019
    • Timber Repair Workshop (Market House-12 attendees): Jan 2020
    • Market House ceramic sign (student involvement): Ongoing


  • Discover St Austell App

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    The Discover St Austell app is nearing completion! Treasure Trail and augmented reality is now on the app and being trialled. Recordings of poems, stories and plays for green areas being worked up.

    The app is available now from the app store - search 'Discover St Austell' to download it.

    An Art Trail is now on the app and was trialled at the White Gold Festival on 26th June.

    Proposed completion of additional work was delayed through lockdown, but is now being finalised.


  • Volunteer Surveys

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    Buildings at Risk, Local List and Social History web based forms available to use now on the herodotus website.

    The forms will be used for volunteer survey work and will include business directories, technical guidance (text and audio).

    Additional work funded through Developing Skills for Business will include, additional business directories and updated technical guidance, opportunities for adding memories, culture node to serve information in St Austell museum and historic mapping.

    The additional work and surveys have been delayed through lockdown, but it is hoped volunteer surveys could commence in November 2021.

  • Paint Testing

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    12 month & 24 month testing of high quality timber paints at the Green Build Hub at the Eden Project Campus have been carried out.

    Web based guidance will be produced based on the results of these tests. Paints that are performing well are being specified on TH funded projects.

  • My St Austell

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    Heritage book/video

    To Life productions are producing a video and book with local schools - ‘My St Austell’ These will both give a child’s view of the towns heritage. Participants are busy creating stories, pictures, photographs and more, all inspired by what means the most to them about their town.

    The digital art piece below, produced by local students for the book, is inspired by local beaches.


Page last updated: 11 Apr 2022, 03:35 PM