Porthmeor Studios Renovation Project - Photographic Document by Graham Gaunt
April 2004
November 2010
December 2010

January 2011

February 2011

March 2011

April 2011

May 2011
June 2011
July 2011


September 2011

October 2011

November 2011
December 2011  
January 2012

February 2012

March 2012

April 2012

May 2012

June 2012

July 2012

August 2012

September 2012
Porthmeor Studios Renovation Project St Ives Cornwall. The Borlase Smart John Wells Trust.
click on images above for galleries -- Click here for. Movies

Welcome to the Porthmeor Studios Renovation Project website.

The Site has been designed and built by photographer
Graham Gaunt and is being updated on a monthly basis as a photographic document in progress of this important Grade II* listed building.
Porthmeor Studios in St Ives provides workspace for fishermen, artists and the St Ives School of Painting, but is perhaps best known for the internationally significant artists who have worked here, including Ben Nicholson, Patrick Heron, Francis Bacon and Wilhelmina Barns Graham. Please visit www.bsjwtrust.co.uk for more information.

The Project
Prolonged exposure to the harsh marine environment has taken its toll on the building, and it is now extremely fragile and in urgent need of major repairs. This £4 million project will repair and refurbish the building and improve access, so that it can continue to offer essential workspace for future generations of artists and fishermen. The project is being carried out in two phases: Phase 1 will be completed in July 2011, and Phase 2 in July 2012.
The design team is led by award winning architects Long & Kentish, and the main contractor is Symons Construction from St Ives. The main public funders include Arts Council England, Sea Change/CABE, Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage, Cornwall Council , ERDF Convergence
and European Fisheries Fund

Project Progress
Each month the site is updated showing works in progress. Click on the Images above or links below to open the gallery images in a separate window, and then close the window to return to this page. Further photographs will be added at a later date by other photographers, and the builders own records.

Project Funding
This £4 million project has important cultural, heritage and economic benefits for Cornwall and meets the requirements of many public funders. The resulting funding package is therefore very complex, and has taken a long time to assemble.
The Borlase Smart John Wells Trust is most grateful to everyone who has helped to make this project a reality. Most of the funding will be provided by the public funders listed below. However the Trust is also very grateful to Charitable Trusts and individual donors, and especially to the local community fundraising appeal, Smart Regeneration, which has raised over £65,000 so far. This is an incredible achievement.
Although most of the funding is now in place, the Trust still needs to raise the final £150,000. To help us reach this target, please contact the Trust through its website www.bsjwtrust.co.uk or email admin@bsjwtrust.co.uk.

Project Partners
Porthmeor Studios is a Grade II* listed building of great significance to the local community, and it is vital that the repairs and alterations are handled with the greatest sensitivity. The Trust has been delighted with all the work carried out to date, and would like to thank its partners in this important project for their care and attention to detail.

Client, Borlase Smart John Wells Trust
Main Contractor, Symons Construction
Architect, Long & Kentish
Structural Engineer, Keith Rolleston Associates
Building Services, King Shaw Associates
Quantity Surveyor Project Manager, Trevor Humphreys Associates


Photography images below click on months
This site uses separate viewing windows, updates each month. click on the links below for each Gallery close the window to return to this page.

April 2004 Porthmeor Studios gallery - 67 images
Selection of images taken in 2004
November 2010 - 40 images
Site cleared, scaffolding started, electrical and water services removed.
December 2010 - 33 Images
Scaffolding completed, internal boarding removed, studio windows removed for repair.
January 2011 - 60 images
Roof and vertical slates removed, roof structure removed from Studio 10, cellar windows
removed for repair.
February 2011 - 63 images
Timber delivery from Duchy Timber has allowed repairs and strengthening of the existing structure, and work to start on the new studio.
April 2011 - 53 images
Roof works, new wet laid slates, new shaft area for lift constructed,
May 2011 - 35 images
Slating works continue, inside the walls are insulated and sealed,
June 2011 - 8 images
July 2011 - 80 images
Roofing works compleated.
August 2011 - 52 images
September 2011 - 43 images
October 2011 - 69 images
November 2011-66 images
January 2012 - 106 images
February 2012 - 40 images
March 2012 - 80 images
April 2012 - 35 images
May 2012 - 51 images
June 2012 - 59 images
July 2012 - 55 images
August 2012 - 87 images
September 2012 - 36 images update
Photography by Graham Gaunt
All images on this site are the property of Graham Gaunt Photowork,
if you are interested in using any of the images please make contact using the e mail link below.
All original files are very high quality at 50-60mb and are shot as raw images and then converted to Photoshop documents.

web: grahamgaunt.com
mail: info@grahamgaunt.com