Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, checked out the progress on the Hall For Cornwall redevelopment during a visit to Cornwall yesterday (Sep 3).

He joined Hall For Cornwall’s CEO and creative director, Julien Boast, to see how the funding from the Government’s Getting Building Fund is being used to accelerate the construction works and ensure that the building is ready to re-open next Spring.

Last month it was announced that HFC’s ambitious transformation scheme was one of seven Cornish projects to be awarded funding from the £900 million Government fund following a successful bid from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.

Although work on HFC’s redevelopment had been progressing, like many other major construction projects across the country, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic had affected the timetable of the scheme. Jenrick was taken on a tour of the building to see how the Government funding is being used to progress and accelerate building works.

Boast said: “We know that this is a very difficult time for performing arts venues across the country and I am very proud of the way we have been able to forge ahead with our redevelopment project despite the significant challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The additional funding from the Government will enable us to deliver a package of measures aimed at speeding up the final phases of our construction and I am delighted to have had the opportunity to show the Secretary of State what we are doing.”