Building Refurbishment

Building Refurbishment

Lead Organisation: Upcycle Kernow CIC

Investment Priority: Rural

Fund: Rural Prosperity Fund

SPF awarded: £374,067

Location: Camborne and Redruth

Following on from their Feasibility Study, which was funded by the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Good Growth Fund, Upcycle Kernow CIC has been successful in raising £416,000 to upcycle and retro fit their building, creating a warm inviting space that is accessible to all.  Design work and surveys have already been completed, with building work due to begin at the end of the summer, and a target completion date of March 2025.

Cornwall Council will be providing £374,000 from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Good Growth Programme, which it manages and is funded by the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The community enterprise, Upcycle Kernow CIC, aims to achieve several significant goals from the Rural Fund project:

The primary goal is to upcycle the existing building, which was originally a 1941 RAF support facility, into a light-filled, eco-friendly and efficient community space. This space will house various activities and facilities, including a wheelchair-accessible workshop space, a kitchen, toilets and rear fire escape. The goal is to transform the building to meet modern standards, replace the asbestos roof, and make the workshop accessible to differently-abled people.

They plan to implement an economical heating system and improve insulation to make the building more energy-efficient. This aligns with Cornwall Council’s Net Zero plan, contributing to reducing fuel consumption and costs.

Serving as a community hub, Upcycle Kernow CIC (UpK) offers various activities and services, including clothes swap parties, a tool library, a repair café, upskilling workshops, and a refill and recycling station. These activities aim to bring together diverse community members, combat isolation, and provide valuable life skills, as well as addressing climate action issues.

Overall, the project aims to create a holistic, environmentally conscious and inclusive community space that addresses various societal and environmental challenges while promoting sustainability and community growth. It aligns with local and regional plans for addressing climate change and improving the quality of life for all residents and the wider  communities that use the services.

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