Cornwall Council has confirmed that it remains committed to the workspace project in Penzance, despite lengthy delays.
The Penzance Creative Cluster at Causewayhead was originally slated for delivery this autumn, however due to delays with the construction programme, it is now due to open next summer.
Once complete, the building will provide up to 30 modern studios and flexible for businesses within the diverse creative sector, from high tech digital companies to visual and performing artists.
Louis Gardner, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for the economy, said: “While I’m sure news of delays to the opening date will come as a disappointment to many in the town, I want to reassure residents that we – and our contractors Kier – are committed to completing this project as quickly as possible.
“We have already received lots of interest from businesses wanting to be based here and we are committed to ensuring the first tenants will be working from the building in summer 2024.”
Tim Dwelly, Cornwall Council member for Penzance East, added: “To revitalise our high streets we have to bring businesses – and, as a result, jobs – to our town centres.
“That’s why the Penzance Creative Cluster building is so important to the town. Cornwall has more people working within the creative industries than any other rural area in the UK and we know there is an opportunity to grow this sector further by providing high quality town centre workspace.
“Whilst the delays are frustrating I’m pleased to see that the building will be open in the summer. I want to thank Cllr Louis Gardner for his help on this. It means a lot for Penzance’s regeneration plans.”
The process to appoint an organisation to manage the Creative Cluster building will start in November with an operator expected to be in place in early 2024. In the meantime, anyone interested in being located in the building should contact email@example.com