News / 20-May-24

Planning Submitted for Basset Community Hub

Written by Josh Cole
Planning Submitted for Basset Community Hub

The project aims to restore, repair and re-purpose both buildings to host a variety of community based activities.

The site is located on the western side of Basset Road approximately mid-way between the junction with Commercial Street at the northern end and South Terrace at the southern end. The site lies within the Historic Town Centre Boundary.

The proposed design incorporates the existing Basset Centre and neighbouring White House. Both are Grade II Listed.

A new flexible engagement space is proposed to the rear of the White House and a new central atrium connects all the buildings, incorporating a café, foyer, heritage exhibition experience including a new permanent home for the Trevithick Society’s Puffing Devil replica engine and a walled garden for community use.

Proposed fly-through

Our community’s wishes and needs have been our first consideration when planning this hub – from design through to completion. We’re proud and excited to breathe new life into these community assets and bring this multi-million-pound enterprise forward for Camborne. It’s a very big piece of work for us and we’re confident it will make a real difference.

James Ball - Mayor of Camborne
Proposed 3D axonometric
Proposed 3D axonometric

The hub’s long-term sustainability has always been a major consideration and, to that end, prioritising local residents’ requirements is essential. We’re very pleased with the designs submitted and look forward to construction beginning in early 2025.

Val Dalley - Chair of the Camborne Town Deal Board.

Combining the Basset Centre and neighbouring White House sites within a single project ensures the long term future of the two important listed buildings that form an integral part of the town’s street-scape and heritage.

The Basset Centre will incorporate an expanded Town Library, sensory library garden, youth provision, meeting spaces and flexible bookable rooms and rehearsal spaces.

The White House will host a new Cafe with back kitchen alongside office/co-working opportunities on the first floor.

The project is supported with funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUH&C) Town Fund, Cornwall Council (CC) matched funding.

The scheme will deliver a valuable new civic facility within Camborne, serving the local community and helping to sustain the wider Town Centre economy.

View from North West corner looking towards Puffing Devil Pavilion and Atrium
View from Basset Road - Structural glazed atrium connecting the two Grade II Listed Buildings
View upon atrium arrival. Structural glazed atrium roof connecting Basset Centre
View towards atrium cafe, engagement space, heritage exhibition and Puffing Devil Pavilion
Evening view from Basset Road - Structural glazed atrium internally lit
Evening community event looking towards engagement space and Puffing Devil Pavilion
Evening community event looking back towards the Basset Road entrance

Meet the Author

Pt. II Architectural Assistant
Josh Cole
BA(Hons)  MArch   Josh joined Poynton Bradbury Architects in 2014, finishing... Read More

BA(Hons)  MArch  

Josh joined Poynton Bradbury Architects in 2014, finishing top of school with first-class degrees and a master's at the University of Plymouth.  Josh has worked on major projects across a range of public sectors, as well as for private clients and businesses, including arts and cultural projects, workplaces, intricate one-off-houses and extensions.

Josh’s has particular expertise and specialist skills in planning, and holds a keen interest in sustainable, context-considered design.

Josh is part of the practices marketing working group, wellbeing working group and is passionate about inspiring the next generation of architects. He is also responsible for our work experience programme, coordinating and managing work placements for local schools and colleges.

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