£350k RGF funding for PBWC


St Ives-based architect Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole (PBWC) has secured consent and funding to create a new design studio with support from the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

PBWC directors Phil Cole, Simon Burgess and Rachael Gaunt celebrate the grant award with LEP board member Simon Tregoning (second from left)

The 14-strong practice, which celebrate 40 years in business this month, has purchased a former petrol station on the main road into St Ives for its new base, which will be called ‘Atlantic Studio’.

LEP board member Simon Tregoning visited St Ives yesterday (January 24) to view the proposals ahead of the demolition contractors clearing the site. The £350k Regional Growth Fund (RGF) investment from the LEP will safeguard four jobs and facilitate the creation of a further 16 positions through the £700k project.

Tregoning said “This is the second LEP investment in the St Ives area and is another good example of how regional growth fund can support business growth and expansion. The regeneration of this prominent but currently disused site will allow the company to grow and create high quality employment for the area.”

PBWC director Rachael Gaunt added: “We are thrilled that the LEP has recognised the potential of our project to create long term, high quality, sustainable jobs that will utilise the power of superfast broadband to revolutionise the way that buildings are designed, constructed and managed.”

Construction work will begin in February and the practice will operate from Atlantic Studio by the autumn.