The £5.2m regeneration of the former cattle market in the centre of Liskeard has moved forward with the opening of the Workshed. 

It is hoped the newly-created workspace will support around 33 new jobs and add £1.2m a year to the local economy. The hub, which offers office, workshop and co-working space as well as lettable units, is primarily designed to accommodate businesses from the creative and digital sectors.  

The building has been delivered with investment from the European Regional Development Fund, the Local Growth fund and match-funding from Cornwall Council.  

Nick Craker, Cornwall Councillor for Liskeard Central, said: “The Workshed represents a significant project for Liskeard, as the town begins its next chapter.”  

Jane Pascoe, Cornwall Councillor for Liskeard South and Dobwalls, said: “All the partners involved in the project are looking forward to welcoming the local community to the brand new facility at an official opening which has been timed to take place to coincide with Liskeard’s Prime Stock Show on October 28. 

The official opening promises to be a community celebration of the new facilities replicating the buzz and trade that the market used to provide, with the aim of maintaining and creating reasons for people and businesses to want to come to the town centre and use other local businesses too.” 

The opening event will also be an opportunity to update residents and businesses on the wider regeneration project including the potential bus facilities to relieve pressure on Barras Street, expansion of the doctors’ surgery and new council offices.