PLB : The Lizard Lighthouse, Cornwall- Creative design and consultancy for cultural and natural heritage

The Lizard Lighthouse, Cornwall
- Conservation Management Plan
For Trinity House

The Background:

  • First built in 1619, the Lizard Lighthouse has guided ships through the notorious waters around Lizard Point for almost 200 years. Since the decommissioning of the lighthouse keepers in 1998, many of the iconic lighthouses throughout the country have fallen partly derelict.  Within the tourism landscape of southern Cornwall, the lighthouse still serves as a landmark at the most southerly point of mainland Britain and Trinity House is keen to explore ways to use their buildings for tourism.
  • HLF assessed an earlier Conservation Plan and concerns were raised over its broader contextual understanding.

Our solutions:

  • A reworked Conservation Management Plan, including the wider geographical and historical context
  • Extensive community consultations which found that local interest in developing the lighthouse is very high
  • Developing good communications and working relationships with the community
  • Create a role model for developing other lighthouses and explore ways to create an accessible and enjoyable visitor experience.

Our programme of consultations informed the subsequent development of PLB’s access and audience development plans.

“.. very responsive to HLF requirements, with useful discussion and criticism – and good interaction with our team”

Keith Blamey, Trinity House Project Manager.

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