Penzance Promenade Scheme

Project update

We are starting work on the Penzance Promenade Regeneration Scheme, breathing life back in to Cornwall’s only Victorian promenade. In keeping with local culture, heritage and environment, the specialist restoration project began last year, but was halted following the Coronavirus lockdown.

Comprehensive safety procedures and systems of work are being implemented to safeguard the well-being of our workforce and communities, including a reduced site presence and amended programme of works, to allow for social distancing. The scheme which we hope will complete in autumn of this year, avoiding the winter storms, will be resumed in phases to comply with the new procedures. Every effort will be made, to recover time and allow sections of the promenade to be opened and enjoyed. During this time, there will be some necessary short-term closures of sections of the Promenade parking layby, in order to accommodate plant and site operations.

We have finishing designs to etch into the concrete surface, including constellations on the ‘Midnight’ coloured bays. Those are indeed flagpole bases too. We are still hoping to have phase 1 fully open to the public in the first week of September, and sections at the Western end (Phase 2) opening from the end of September. The site is still on course for completion by the end of October, though with these weather systems coming in we are struggling for windows to pour concrete and it needs to be dry to achieve the right finish textures.

The Penzance Promenade Scheme is the first phase of investment in the Promenade, ahead of a longer term regeneration and coastal protection scheme proposed by the Environment Agency.

The Scheme

Now underway, the Penzance Promenade Regeneration Scheme is the first phase of investment in the promenade, ahead of a longer term regeneration and coastal protection scheme proposed by the Environment Agency. The largest ever public open space project of its kind in the South West, it is a key part of the  Mount’s Bay trail and wider Bay to Bay cycling and walking trail, a designated cycle route adjacent to the Promenade that will be developed and in time. The plan is to see the Mount’s Bay route continue to the north coast via St Erth, Hayle and St Ives, connecting communities, attracting visitors and creating economic and cultural opportunities for West Cornwall.

Cormac has been appointed as contractor to deliver this exciting £2.2 million scheme, that will revitalize and conserve the Victorian promenade, to be enjoyed by all for many years to come. Working East to West in sections, the existing paving will be removed and specialist techniques used to lay a high quality, decorative and sustainable concrete. Clusters of sculptural pebble seats will be placed, with bespoke concrete benches, lighting and planters.

The harsh, coastal conditions on the promenade may impact the programme of work at times, but delivery has been designed with that in mind and the improvements will be completed ahead of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain road cycling event in September 2021, when the field of world class cyclists will assemble on the promenade for the start of the race, travelling 170 kilometers through the Cornish countryside and ending in Bodmin.

Sections of the promenade will be closed whilst work is underway with pedestrian diversion routes in place. At times, we will need to close small parts of the parking, temporarily, so that the concrete tanker can deliver and pour the new surface. This will be just short term, until we move on to the next section.

Pz Prom Closed Sections

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