Midas Construction has celebrated the completion of the Kresen Kernow project to provide a new home for a treasure trove of historical information chronicling the story of Cornwall.
Kresen Kernow, the new archive centre for Cornwall, is a state-of-the-art modern archive and library space, bringing together the world’s largest collection of manuscripts, books and documents related to Cornwall.
Midas constructed the £21m landmark building on behalf of Cornwall Council, with the support of an £11.7m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project was designed by architects, Purcell.
The two-year project has helped preserve and bring new life to the old Redruth Brewery building at the heart of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site in Redruth.
The historic brewhouse has been transformed into a public use and library space, with a new two-storey reinforced concrete extension added to house the precious archive collections in energy-efficient and environmentally-controlled conditions.
The archives house manuscripts, books, maps, photographs and records relating to Cornwall, dating back to 1150. It also brings together the Record Office, Cornish Studies Library and Historic Environment Record archives for the first time in one location.
Mike Borkowski, Business Development Director at Midas Construction, said: “Kresen Kernow is an iconic new building for Cornwall both visually and in terms of its cultural significance to the county.
“We are incredibly proud to have played our part in delivering this fantastic addition to the area, which will preserve the archives for present and future generations and allow local people and visitors to enjoy these in historic and sympathetically-refurbished surroundings.”
Council Leader Julian German said: “Kresen Kernow is a fantastic building, and a fitting home for Cornwall’s history, which our residents and visitors can enjoy and be proud of.”