Anchor Studio is part masonry and timber frame construction with a traditional slate roof, and it shares many similarities to the Trust’s Porthmeor Studios. When it first came into the Trust’s possession in 2002 it had lain empty for two years, and the dormer was leaking badly causing the huge window underneath to rot. The window was therefore removed, and the opening boarded up.
The Tanner Trust very generously helped to fund a replacement window and also assisted with reclaiming the garden, which had become very overgrown. These works allowed the building to be brought back into use, and it has been in continuous use as a studio since 2006.
However over a century of exposure to storms had left the timber structure and roof in a very fragile condition. Following completion of the Porthmeor renovations, the Trust has been working on proposals to renovate Anchor as a live/work space. The restoration and repair will be carried out with a light touch to retain the character of the building and evidence of its use by artists, but it will be insulated, heated and well-lit.
Although the Coronavirus epidemic has resulted in a delay, work finally started on site in late May. We will be recording the work in progress, so please click on the thumbnails below to see a selection of images from each month.
Architect: Rolfe Kentish Architect; QS/Project Manager: Trevor Humphreys Associates
Main Contractor: Symons Construction
Funding: National Lottery Heritage Fund; Arts Council England; Cornwall Council; Architectural Heritage Fund; Historic England; Garfield Weston Foundation; The Pilgrim Trust; The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation; and The Cornwall Heritage Trust.