The transformation of the Redruth Brewery site is set to begin this week as CORMAC starts work on securing the site and clearing growth so that further building surveys can be carried out.

The work, led by Cornwall Council, marks the start of the wider regeneration project across the site following confirmation of a £1.7m grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Convergence Programme.

Julian German, the council’s cabinet member for economy and culture, said “This is great news for Redruth and for Cornwall. Work is starting on a key site for improving Redruth’s economic fortunes. A site which will provide critically important access to Cornwall’s documentary heritage. Cornwall Council has drawn together a package of funding to turn this dream into reality and it is fantastic to see a physical start been made on the site after months of preparation.”

CORMAC Contracting Ltd have been appointed to construct a flood alleviation scheme, carry out demolition works and create an accessible public space for a range of activities which will provide a suitable setting for historic buildings and new development. These works are due to be completed in Spring 2015.

Minimal activity will take place in the early stages as the project involves quite extensive planning and design co-ordination before any major works can commence. Hoardings will be installed in approximately four weeks’ time, and will be used to display information, tell stories about the place and the journey the development will take.

The existing fencing and plywood hoarding, to the rear of the site, will be replaced with a mesh fencing panel, creating a safe and attractive space for everyone to engage in the activities on site.

Welcoming the start of the regeneration works, Ian Newby, CORMAC’s senior project manager said “This project is regarded by Cormac Contracting Ltd as a pivotal development for Redruth and we are delighted to be associated with it”.