A new coastal community for Cornwall
Just as the turquoise tide reveals the shifting estuary sands, so our landscape approach uncovers narratives of the site’s proud industrial past.
Set against the spectacular backdrop of St Ives Bay, Hayle North Quay is a small working harbour on the North Cornish coast. The site forms part of the wider fabric of a UNESCO World Heritage landscape, which celebrates the area’s unique mining heritage. But while the fisherman’s quay still buzzes with boats, much of the site has fallen silent since local industry declined.
We are working with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to reimagine the harbour as a vibrant new coastal community for Cornwall, with 300 homes, commercial spaces and a generous new public square.
Our landscape narrative draws heavily on the harbour’s past – with public spaces gently referencing the coal heaps and railway lines that left their imprint on the land.
Materials will be drawn from a Cornish palette of local granite and cast iron, with concrete and weathered timber furniture, and patinated copper adding highlights. The working harbour and quay will remain at the heart of the community, with active commercial spaces for local businesses sitting alongside new homes.
Given the sublime setting, our planting approach will be deeply rooted in the estuarine landscape – and we will be harnessing the local micro-climate to invite local flora and fauna back into the heart of the site. New habitats will be created, along with spaces for residents to grow food. A final highlight will be the lush sub-tropical garden planned for an old industrial yard – a botanical explosion of scent and colour.
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