What we have done

A significant amount of work has already gone into the Kresen Kernow project, particularly on the site. Work has also gone into planning a wide range of events and activities to last the duration of the project. 

Work has already commenced on the project in three main areas:

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  • on site
  • in the Redruth community and
  • in delivering a wide range of events and activities

Redruth Brewery has been a part of the town’s landscape since the 1790s; its iconic chimney makes it visible across Redruth. The Brewery closed in 2004 and a fire in 2011 destroyed much of the remaining buildings.

Since Cornwall Council purchased part of the site in 2013, considerable work has taken place – most of it underground! Modern industrial buildings have been demolished, and heritage buildings secured. The route of the leat has been excavated and landscaped, along with pathways. Trees have been planted and benches, lampposts and public art installed. This has resulted in the creation of a welcoming and pleasant public walkway connecting Kresen Kernow to the centre of Redruth. However, due to the instability of some of the buildings, this footpath will remain closed to public access for now. Keep an eye out for public events on site though! 

Since November 2016 Midas Construction have been busy on site, laying the foundations for Kresen Kernow. The iconic chimney has been repointed and has a new cap, and extensive groundworks have gone on. Work is going well on site. The roof is on the link between the old and new parts of the building and the roofline of the old brewery is now visible. Shelving is being installed in the strongrooms, and cabling, pipework, walls and windows are all also going up, in and around.

If you're keen to see the progress, then we occasionally offer tours of the site to see progress on the Kresen Kernow development. Visit our What's On page to see what's coming up

As part of the research into the site’s history we have worked with former Brewery employees. This was to capture memories of the Brewery in its heyday through an oral history project. We have also worked with artists and local groups in the community to create creative responses to these. Some of the former Brewery employees have now joined us as volunteers. They are starting work sorting the Redruth Brewery archive collection.

In order to successfully develop the Kresen Kernow project we held a large public consultation programme. We spoke to almost 2500 people. It was great to have so much input into our plans! Further opportunities to get involved in shaping the project will be announced in due course.

The work on the site, in Redruth and with our audiences and potential audiences across Cornwall has enabled us to develop the project. Read more about what we are doing with the funding.