The government announced a £900 million Getting Building Fund in June 2020 to deliver jobs, skills and infrastructure across the country. This investment is being targeted in areas facing the biggest economic challenges as a result of the pandemic.
The CIOS LEP commissioned PixelRain to visit the funded projects to capture what opportunities the fund has created for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

Hall For Cornwall

Investment into the Hall for Cornwall via the government's Getting Building Fund created a purpose-built, accessible theatre with 1300 seats and destination bars and cafes and new workspace for the Creative Industries in Truro.

This will provide a quality public programme, generate more profit to extend the successful youth programmes and invest in the local workforce, supply chain and associate companies. Audiences will increase to over 300,000 a year, driving valuable footfall to Truro city centre; supporting both the immediate bounce back and longer-term vitality of the high street in Truro.

Truro & Penwith College

Truro & Penwith College was awarded capital investment via the government's Getting Building Fund to develop a specialist STEM Skills Centre on land adjacent to the Callywith Campus. The Skills Centre will offer Ofsted Outstanding and industry-relevant provision in Health Sciences, Digital, Engineering and Manufacturing from Levels 2 to 5 for post compulsory and adult learners, including T-Levels.

This will be located in a traditional ‘cold spot’ for educational infrastructure and participation and will help to enhance human capital in North and East Cornwall, generating ‘clean and inclusive’ economic growth.

Saputo Dairy UK

Investment into Saputo Dairy UK via the government's Getting Building Fund planned for cheese (and associated Demin Whey) volumes to increase by 12,000t over the next 3 years with a further 4,000t of GOS (a form of prebiotic) being produced primarily for export markets.

In order to secure this growth in a sustainable way, investment was be provided into supporting infrastructures that will be able to both drive increased capacity whilst ensuring environmental compliance. This will safeguard 200 jobs and save over 4000kg of carbon emissions.

GeoCubed Pilot Plant

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership invested £2.9 million from the Government’s Getting Building Fund in a £4 million pilot lithium extraction plant near Redruth. The project has been built by Cornish Lithium to demonstrate that lithium can be recovered from deep geothermal waters.