An Evolving Project
What began in 2013 as an Oyster Sculpture proposal has triggered a broader debate concerning regeneration of Falmouth Harbourside including year-round provision for improved access to the waterside from The Prince of Wales Pier for pedestrians, electric buggies, cyclists, wheelchairs and people with push chairs and/or heavy items
Cornwall Council and Falmouth Town Council planning policies, community consultation initiatives and other relevant studies have demonstrated a desire for regeneration of neglected harbourside parts of the town consistent with its maritime heritage
The European Native “Fal Oyster” has been adopted as a symbol of Falmouth’s often hidden ‘maritime assets’.
The Prince of Wales Pier has a long history of providing a link from land to one of the largest and deepest natural harbours in the world.
Ideas being considered by the Falmouth Harbourside Team, for regeneration of the pier and its associated infrastructure, have the potential to improve the aesthetic quality of the Harbourside Area, whilst increasing year-round footfall and increased revenue for local businesses..
A world class link bridge (brow), designed in keeping with the pier, would provide gently-sloping access to an eco-friendly, locally manufactured floating pontoon system, encouraging commercial boat operators to invest in state of the art low carbon alternatives to diesel power.
Cornwall College Students from the Camborne Campus helped create a 1/8th scale model of The Oyster Sculpture designed by Andrew Nicholls and adopted to provide the project with identity. The sculpture model is currently on loan to one of our project partners
- Upgrading the commercial boat and ferry terminal at The Prince of Wales Pier to incorporate safe access for passengers with disability, parents with push chairs and cyclists, whilst also providing a stepping off point for harbour-based events and activities
- Refurbishment or replacement of existing buildings and structures e.g. the cafe, public toilets, shop and tourist office, to also providing an improved visual approach from Market Strand. Increasing revenue from the pier to cover the cost of maintenance, repair and depreciation
- The introduction of a new identity for the pier, providing the potential for it and the revised building to act as a hub and destination point for a wide range of community-based cultural, educational, business and visitor activities, all of which would increase footfall and generate additional income by reinforcing a sense of place for the town’s connection with the harbour.