Construction begins on new creative workspace for Penzance

Up to 30 studios and flexible workspaces are expected to be provided for businesses in the creative sector through the construction of the Penzance Creative Cluster.

The new workspace will cater to creative businesses, from digital and technology companies to visual and performing artists, forming part of a wider strategy to regenerate and reinvigorate Penzance town centre.

The Penzance Creative Cluster is being funded by Cornwall Council and the European Regional Development Fund.

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Stephen Rushworth, Cabinet member for economy at Cornwall Council, said: ‘The creative economy is so important to Cornwall – it’s one way that we are going to bring high paid and high-quality jobs into Cornwall. It is a very important section of what we are trying to do with economic development, and I’m really pleased that I am here today to see the start of the Penzance part of that journey.’

Tim Dwelly, Cornwall Council local member for Penzance East, added: ‘I’m fully aware that there are people who are worried about the change that is happening here now, because it used to be a well-known car park at Causewayhead, but we have known for some years that this part of the street has been quiet and has not had much buzz about it.

‘We have been very keen to have high street vitality in Penzance, and here we are going to be providing creative industries workspaces for people who work all year round, earning good money hopefully and spending it in the middle of Causewayhead at the top, so we are regenerating the top of Causewayhead. The building will be no taller than the buildings opposite, and it will be one of the most exciting hubs for businesses that Penzance has seen.’

In related news, Birmingham City Council is urging the government to back a levelling-up strategy that could help 75,000 people into work, boosting the city’s economy by £9bn a year.

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