An Evolving Project
What began in 2013 as an Oyster Sculpture proposal triggered a broader debate concerning the regeneration of Falmouth Harbourside
Cornwall Council and Falmouth Town Council planning policies, community consultation initiatives and other relevant studies have demonstrated a desire for regeneration of neglected parts of the town consistent with its maritime heritage and its current DNA
The native “Fal Oyster” has been adopted as a symbol of the long term vision. Ideas being explored have the potential to improve the aesthetic quality of the Harbourside Area, whilst increasing footfall and revenue for local businesses, for Falmouth Town Council and Cornwall Council. Provision of safer, weather-protected access to ferry services, in particular, combined with scope for provision of Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) -compliant facilities, would also benefit cyclists, parents with pushchairs, and people carrying heavy items
Upgrading the commercial boat and ferry terminal on the pier, to provide disabled access has been identified as an appropriate starting point
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 located in the foyer of Falmouth Marine School
The project can be broken down into a number of phases and options:
- Upgrading the commercial boat and ferry terminal at The Prince of Wales Pier to incorporate safe, weather-protected access for passengers with disability, parents with push chairs and cyclists
- Increase revenue from the pier to cover the cost of maintenance, repair and depreciation by considering the replacement of existing buildings and structures e.g. the cafe, toilets, shop and tourist office to also provide an improved visual approach to the pier.
- Refurbishment of the pier, providing the potential for it and the new building to act as a hub and a destination for a wide range of cultural, educational, community, business and visitor activities representing the DNA of Falmouth, all of which would increase footfall and generate additional income – adding to a sense of place for the town and its connection with the harbour.