27 March 2017

Midas welcomes Women in Property to enjoy sky-high view of Cornwall’s new cultural hub

A group promoting equality across the construction industry has enjoyed a rare sky-high view over Cornwall’s new multi-million pound cultural hub.

The 12 members of The Association of Women in Property (WiP) visited Kresen Kernow, the new £12million archive centre for the county recently. And they were given the chance to climb to the top of the site’s chimney tower to take in the latest developments as well as enjoy panoramic views across the local area.

Taking shape on the former brewhouse on the Redruth Brewery site, the landmark archive project is being developed by Midas Construction and is due to open in late 2018.

The aim of the visit was to see how the major Cornish development is taking shape as well as learn how the building will operate when it is up and running.

Tess Purdy from Midas Construction (middle) with the Women in Property group

Sarah Greenslade, Cornwall event organiser and former Chair of The Association of Women in Property Devon and Cornwall Branch, said: “The visit gave us a fantastic opportunity to take a look round a high profile local development that will regenerate Redruth and it was interesting to see how the historic infrastructure will be renovated and combined with new elements.”

The tour is part of a wider initiative to support women in the property and construction industry where women currently represent just 15% of the overall workforce.

Every year 300 similar events take place nationally within branches of WiP with the organisation engaged with businesses and industry leaders to redress the balance, providing a forum for women in the sector while encouraging talent in schools and universities.

Sarah added: “Women in Property aim to offer a range of networking opportunities for women across the property and construction industry, providing a mix of events, such as social lunches and wine tastings, but we also recognise the importance of providing learning opportunities through seminars and site visits, building knowledge and professional relationships.”

Tessa Purdy, Business Development Coordinator at Midas Construction, said: “When it is complete, Kresen Kernow is going to be a world-leading home of Cornish culture and heritage so it was great for us to have the opportunity to show the Women in Property group how this exciting development is progressing.”

Kresen Kernow is set to become a centre for Cornish culture and heritage with a modern archive and library space as well as bringing together the world’s largest collection of manuscripts, books and records related to Cornwall.

Midas will also convert the remaining historic brewhouse into public space which will include learning rooms, exhibition areas and a range of research facilities. It will also build a two-storey extension behind the brewhouse for state-of-the-art strongrooms to store the collections.

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