Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole were appointed as the architects to design and deliver the Marine Renewables Business Park situated on a site previously occupied by a coal-fired power station at North Quay in Hayle. This was an ideal location as Hayle is home to Wave Hub Ltd, the world’s largest marine energy test site, just a few miles from the Cornish coast.
The high-quality business park has been built to support marine renewable and technology businesses, offering flexible office space and light industrial units to let.
The new two storey office building and industrial units were successfully built to BREEAM Excellent requirements in accordance with the environmental sustainability cross cutting theme that underpinned the European Convergence funding programme.
The Office and Industrial buildings achieved impressive energy results, primarily due to the PV array totalling over 1560m2 and generating over 200,000kWh/annum divided between both buildings.
Due to the building's coastal location, high performing resilient materials with high Green Guide ratings were specified. This not only improved resilience but reduced the life cycle carbon emissions associated with material procurement. To enhance the site’s ecology, native flora was planted with species rich grasslands to offer foraging opportunities for a variety of wildlife.
The project has been led by Cornwall Council with the support of Cornwall Development Company, which secured European Convergence funding to deliver the first phase of the Marine Business Park, with match funding provided by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Council.