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New Life For
City Buildings

New Life for
City Buildings

The New Life for City Buildings project will improve access to and celebrate Truro’s heritage whilst repurposing Truro buildings, maximising space and enabling flexible usage to ensure our buildings are future proofed for modern day use.

Plans to breathe new life into Truro by transforming empty or dilapidated properties into new sustainable places for people to live and work in the city centre have taken a major step forward with the official launch of the new company which will deliver the exciting and ambitious Truro Town Deal funded project.

Led by Truro City Council, the New Life for City Buildings project will help to revitalise the city centre by refurbishing, renovating and repurposing empty spaces above shops and on the edge of the city.

Responding to the empty spaces above shops and on the edge of the city, this project is about refurbishing and repurposing buildings to add vitality to the city centre.

Truro Regeneration Company (TRC) is wholly owned by the City Council and will be responsible for assessing applications and distributing grants to owners and landlords looking to transform the upper floors of their buildings to create new high quality living space in the city centre, and where appropriate, buying and regenerating unused buildings so they can then be resold rather than lying empty.

There are around 1,600 private sector businesses in Truro, many within the retail and professional services sector. The city centre currently has an estimated 25,000 m2 of empty or redundant space. As well as making more creative use of this space and protecting community assets, the project will also improve energy efficiency and future proof buildings and provide sustainable employment and apprenticeship opportunities within the construction industry.  

Landlords and property owners / operators in Truro interested in taking part in the New Life for City Buildings project can now submit Expressions of Interest to the Truro Regeneration Company CIC which is managing the project on behalf of the City Council.

Details of the grant scheme have now been finalised and the scheme is open for applications. Applicants will be expected to contribute at least 50% of the cost of the works.

Property owners / operators and landlords interested in sending their Expression of Interest can request an application form by emailing:

Applications will be considered by the Truro Regeneration Company board against the criteria set out in the funding agreement between Truro City Council and the Truro Towns Fund.  Details of the criteria will be included in the application form. A copy of the criteria is also available by emailing

An early project to repurpose the St Clement Centre and Threemilestone Community Centre is being delivered using accelerator funding.

Cathedral lane Truro, quaint shops with the Cathedral in the background.
Cathedral Lane, Truro Pic by Shutterstock
Truro highstreet, not many people in the photo. New life for city buildinds projects.

This project will create: