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25 March 2014

Krowji creative hub to double after £3.7m boost

A ‘creative hub’ in Cornwall is set to double in size as part of a £3.7m project.

Redruth’s Krowji Creative hub houses a huge amount of studios, workspaces and creative businesses including jewellers, artists, textile workers and theatre companies and has become a must visit attraction for people taking short breaks in Cornwall over the past 10 years.

Now the Krowji site, at the old Redruth Grammar School, is set to grow following a successful European funding bid.

The funding investment will see part of the derelict old school demolished to make way for more new state-of-the art spaces which will allow Krowji’s creative studios to double in size.

The work will see the main school building, built in 1907, preserved while the run-down post-war canteen and gym will be replaced by new work-spaces with views across the countryside towards the sea at Portreath.

All the new buildings on site will be connected by an elegant glass bridge, leaving a view to the sea from a new courtyard garden – which will form the pathway between the old buildings and the new.

Krowji founder Ross Williams said he was delighted to have secured funding and that work would be starting this week.

“We’ve been working so hard for so long on this,” he said. “Now our dreams for Krowji are about to become reality.”

Ross added how he was delighted with the vibrant atmosphere Krowji has developed over the last ten years and how he was equally pleased to know that could continue to evolve.

“We’ve been patient and come up with a truly sustainable scheme which will perfectly complement what’s already on site,” he said.

Krowji is Cornish for workshop and currently houses more than 100 creative professionals. 

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