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Cornwall Marine Enterprise Zone

What is Marine Enterprise Zone?

The creation of a new Marine Enterprise Zone was announced by the Chancellor of Exchequer in April 2017. It is a key objective of the Cornwall Devolution Deal and a condition of the transfer of Wave Hub from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to Cornwall Council.

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The Marine Enterprise Zone is a vital component of Marine Hub Cornwall which was launched by George Eustice MP at the Wave & Tidal Conference in February 2017.

Marine Hub brings together assets, infrastructure, research expertise, funding packages and access to Cornwall’s world class supply chain into a co-ordinated and comprehensive package for technology developers, project developers and investors involved in the marine renewables sector.

Cornwall has made significant investment to create an internally significant technology development pathway. Marine Hub Cornwall represents the next stage in the evolution of Cornwall’s ambition to be a leading region in the development of marine renewable energy. Enterprise Zone (EZ) status is a vital component of the Marine Hub Cornwall offer representing a long-term commitment to invest and re-invest in the industry helping to cement Cornwall’s position as one of the world’s leading regions for marine renewable technologies. View map showing the Enterprise Zone sites.

Where is Marine Enterprise Zone?

Marine Enterprise Zone provides sites available for immediate occupation and with additional space and infrastructure coming on stream to support the industry as it grows. Three sites have been identified totalling in excess of 15 hectares, they are:

Site

Roles

Approx Size

Hayle Harbour Research, monitoring, technology development, forward operating base. 4.5ha
Falmouth Docks Early stage technology development, deployment, recovery, fabrication and maintenance capabilities.  5ha
Tolvaddon Large footprint manufacturing capabilities, storage, assembly and supply chain. 6.2ha 

Hayle is situated in West Cornwall. The town lies on the north coast, 7km east of St Ives and around 10km north of Penzance. Historically Hayle Harbour was an important industrial centre supporting the mining industry and was the site of a regionally important power station which closed in the 1970s. With the decline of the mining industry and the closure of the power station the Harbour entered a spiralling decline, the quays fell into disrepair and the harbour area remained lightly use and partly derelict for over 30 years.

In 2010, Cornwall Council, with the support of the South West Regional Development Agency, Department for Environment and Climate Change and the European Convergence Programme funded a £23m scheme to deliver infrastructure, services and enabling works to open up North Quay for development.

A&P own key areas of Falmouth Docks and they have been at the heart of the marine renewables sector in Cornwall for many years. The docks have been used for the assembly, deployment and recovery of devices to/from Fabtest and Wave Hub and they offer lay-down space, access to deep water berths, wharves and engineering and fabrication capacity.

The EZ includes 360m of new quayside and two Ha of new wharf space on reclaimed land. When delivered, this will significantly increase the capacity of the port to deploy, recover, store and assemble wave devices. A&P have also identified a site currently occupied by redundant buildings which could be redeveloped for new engineering workshops (approx. 9,000sqm), if demand arises for on-site fabrication.

Tolvaddon is currently owned by Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), with Cornwall Council seeking to acquire the site. Tolvaddon benefitted from investment through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Convergence Programme to create 9.5 ha of fully serviced employment land. The site has outline planning consent for industrial and office development and is available for development now with the potential to accommodate 28,000sqm of floor spa

The Tolvaddon site complements the water side EZ sites in Hayle and Falmouth providing space for large footprint occupiers in the marine supply chain for whom a waterside location is not essential.