GARRAS WHARF 

RENOVATION OF A RIVERSIDE SITE OWNED BY TESCOS 

Truro, Cornwall

PROJECT INFORMATION

Project Name: Garras Wharf

Location: Truro, Cornwall

Sector: Masterplanning

Client: Tesco, Carrick Council, Smiths Industries

Status: Complete

Services: Architecture and planning

Type: Renovation

Area: 284,000 sq ft 

This central riverside site in Truro is owned by Tesco, the retail giant that chose to relocate their trading store to a new location, thus freeing up a site for urban regeneration.


The site is cut off from the city centre, caught between the very busy dual carriageway and the river. To focus the site away from the road and towards the waterfront, we laid out a cellular design, in which each group of buildings encloses a public space.


This cuts off the noise pollution from the road, encloses the retail areas, and leads pedestrians through progressive enclosed spaces, through to a waterfront boulevard.