Wenford Dries, Cornwall
Wenford Dries is a 10,000 m2 conversion of a former China Clay Factory in an area of natural outstanding beauty in Cornwall. The building is reported to be the longest listed building in the UK and has been derelict for 15 years.
The proposal seeks to rejuvenate an industrial building in a beautiful rural setting. Working alongside Planning and Development Officers and local residents requires a sensitive strategy for site use and a subtlety in design quality to maintain the integrity of the building in its context. Reflecting it’s rural industrial heritage balanced with the needs of a building in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The proposals include a series of large gallery spaces to promote local artists, live work studios to reflect the burgeoning creative industries of Cornwall and a number of residential units to provide a vibrancy of use.
The landscaping strategy will reflect the local materiality and provide for connections to the hugely successful Camel cycle trail.
The scheme is currently at Stage D and will progress to detailed planning in Summer 2011.