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"We’ve appointed AWP on a few of our projects recently. We like their proactive approach in getting things done."

Patrick GribbinProperty ManagerSt Austell Brewery

Port Gaverne cafe


We were appointed by St Austell Brewery to support a planning application to redevelop a brownfield site in the fishing village of Port Gaverne to form a new cafe. The cafe is located right next to the beach on the north Cornish coast.

As part of the site is classified as high risk flood zone 3, an FRA was required to support the planning application. We scoped out the work required with the EA to demonstrate that the proposed development would be safe for its lifetime and also not increase flood risk to any third parties. A key concern was the risk of extreme waves rolling in from the sea and up the adjacent beach. We assessed these risks by undertaking wave height and overtopping calculations including predicted rising sea levels using the EA's latest climate change guidance. 

We worked closely with project architects design management partnership to develop a layout that addressed the flood risks but maximised the development potential of this amazing location.

The EA were happy with our FRA and Cornwall Council granted planning permission late in 2016. The new beach cafe opened in the summer of 2017 and looks really impressive. If you are in the North Cornwall area, it's definitely worth a visit.

Photos reproduced courtesy of St Austell Brewery and Design Management Partnership