Maker Heights is a nationally important heritage site five Scheduled Monuments and 17 Listed Buildings, including the iconic Grade II* Listed Barrack Block sitting within 11ha of a historic coastal landscape. It is located on the Rame Peninsula known as Cornwall’s ‘Forgotten Corner’. The site is part-owned, part-leased by the Rame Conservation Trust (RCT), a charity established in 1997 with the purpose of conserving heritage for public benefit. The RCT offers workspaces for 30 small businesses and social enterprises run by local people and also runs a popular campsite, with all income being invested back into conservation of the site. The site is an emerging economic hub for the Rame Peninsula, providing jobs and cultural events, particularly for young people. The project Maker Heights Creative Enterprise Hub aims to promote sustainable growth and inward investment.
The project will build the capacity of businesses on site through a training and mentoring programme in addition to offering internships targeted to local young people interested in gaining new skills. The project will increase visitor numbers through creating a strong online presence, including a digital hub, short promotional films and organise a series of cultural events.
In terms of capital works, the project will deliver an energy study, energy efficiency measures and renewable energy to improve the working environment for tenants and reduce carbon emissions. It will also promote green and accessible growth via public transport and active travel. The project will fund much needed disabled toilet facilities to increase access to Maker Heights ensuring that growth is equitable.
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