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Hayle set for marine energy development

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

An artist's impression of what the marine renewables business park might look like.

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PLANS for Hayle's marine renewables business park were expected to be submitted to Cornwall Council this week.

Representatives from the Cornwall Development Company (CDC) told Hayle town councillors about the next step in growing the local marine renewables sector.

CDC has worked with St Ives-based architects firm Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole (PBWC) on designs for the park, which will provide support for the developers of the £42 million Wave Hub project.

PBWC project architect Cian Spowart said the materials used would include timber boarding, render and natural slate and that photo voltaic solar panels were also likely to feature.

He showed councillors plans detailing an office building for the southern tip of the site on North Quay and seven industrial units to the north.

CDC's Trevor Goff said: "When we set out to design the marine renewables business park the team were instructed to ensure that the design fitted in with the all ready consented design for Hayle harbour developments."

In 2011, Cornwall Council's head of economic development, Sandra Rothwell, told the council that up to 200 jobs would be created.

Councillor Clive Polkinghorne asked whether the designs would support this promised level of employment opportunities, saying: "I am very keen on employment in that area. I am hoping what I heard you say was that no one can come along (from the marine energy industry) and use it solely as a store."

Mr Goff said it was a possibility and that some companies would use the site as a store and there was a need to be flexible.

"What we are being told is that a lot of the operational aspect of Wave Hub will bring in self-contained containers," he said.

"Anything we can do to facilitate getting operations out on to Wave Hub will have to be considered."

It is hoped the marine renewables business park will attract an array of private sector businesses from the marine energy industry. These could include companies specialised in eco-system modelling, coastal process understanding, underwater technology, modelling and design, composites, moorings and development and deployment of wave devices.

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