November 2020

The studio benefits from two very large north-facing windows. The larger window had rotted and was replaced in 2006, and the smaller one was being replaced as part of this project. The window was constructed at Camborne Joinery, brought to site and installed, and this then allowed for the external timber cladding to be fitted. The skylight glazing has also been installed.

Following the completion of the roof, window and higher level external works, the scaffolding was dismantled and removed. This has allowed access to the area around the stairway, and work has started to remove the external boarding and the corrugated iron roof over the stairs. Removal of the scaffolding has also allowed for trenches to be dug round the building for the installation of the building services, with new electric and gas supplies and a telephone line.

Internally, the studio boarding which had been carefully removed is now being reinstated, and the ceiling and large window have been decorated. Downstairs the boarding and panelling of the partitions has been completed, the exposed granite columns have been cleaned with a needle scaler, and work has started on fitting the new timber floor.

South west elevation
Work started on the stairway and external cladding
Fitting the skylight glazing
New window at Camborne Joinery
Removing existing window
Installing new window
New window, skylight and timber cladding
Replacing timber boarding in studio
Replacing timber boarding downstairs
New floor being laid downstairs
Cleaning the granite columns
Decorating the window

Photographer: Alban Roinard

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.

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