News / 22-Dec-23

Camborne Co-Working Receives Planning Permission

Written by Matt Wills
Camborne Co-Working Receives Planning Permission

We're excited to announce that our client, Forward Space, has received planning approval for the redevelopment of the former Boots building in Trelowarren Street, Camborne. This project aligns with the Camborne Town Deal's earlier identification of the building as an ideal location for a co-working enterprise.

The former Boots pharmacy, located in the main commercial centre of the town, has been vacant since its relocation to a smaller premises a few years ago. The proposed redevelopment includes various co-working spaces, from desk and meeting room rentals to small offices catering to new enterprises seeking collaborative work environments.

Concept Design of the Front Entrance
Concept Design of the Front Entrance

The building's transformation involves installing a traditional shopfront, thermal upgrades, internal reordering, and the creation of a shared landscaped garden. Sustainable features such as south-facing solar panels and air source heat pumps will be incorporated, along with a new 'rain garden' to address surface water drainage in a historically mined area.

This initiative, part of the Camborne Town Deal, aims to complement existing projects and revitalise a neglected building for the town's benefit. Forward Space, known for similar co-working ventures across the southwest, is dedicated to transforming workspaces and raising the profile of regional towns and cities, fostering professional and inspiring environments for ambitious individuals.

Section of the building in use
Section of the building in use
Early stages of interior layouts
Early stages of interior layouts

This project is funded by the UK Government’s Town Deal programme in partnership with Camborne Town Deal Board and Cornwall Council. Cornwall Council is the Lead Authority for the Town Deals in Cornwall and supports the governance role of the Board and administers the Fund. For more information on the Camborne Town Deal visit: cambornetowndeal.com

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Senior Architect
Matt Wills
BSc(Hons)  BArch  DipArch  DipCons  ARB  RIBA Matt has been with Poynton... Read More

BSc(Hons)  BArch  DipArch  DipCons  ARB  RIBA

Matt has been with Poynton Bradbury since 2018, following 13 years working in local practices in Cornwall.

Matt has experience of leading extra-care housing, care and retirement living projects, as well as social and private housing, schools and hospital projects.  He has a particular interest in health and wellbeing and how good design can improve the lives of building occupants and users. Matt has a postgraduate diploma in conservation and has gained specialist skills and knowledge through working on a number of listed and historically important ecclesiastical projects.

Matt is also the practice’s Employee Owned Trust employee representative, ensuring that the ethos and direction of the practice is to the benefit of all. Following his role of RIBA Cornwall Branch Chair in 2014 Matt remains the RIBA Branch Treasurer.

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