26 Mar New Home for Bats at Carlyon Bay
A stunning new home for bats at Polgaver Beach, Carlyon Bay, was officially opened yesterday by chairman of St Blaise Town Council, June Anderson, and pupils from Biscovey Academy in Par.
The children were on hand to help Councillor Anderson cut the 20 metres of gold ribbon wrapped around the structure and learn all about the world of bats. Although no bat residents showed up for the event, ecologist Anton Kattan afterwards ran an educational session for the pupils giving them worksheets to take home with them.
The new home, designed by architects Squire and Partners following detailed consultation with ecologists Baker Consultants, provides an alternative habitat for any bats that may have been roosting in the Coliseum building. Measuring five metres square and nine metres tall, the simple pitched form is clad in cedar shingles with a variety of access points providing an ideal roosting environment.
Jacky Swain, of Commercial Estates Group (CEG), said she believed the high quality design incorporated into the building set the tone for what’s to come. “From the start we’ve promised a top quality scheme that will become a leading attraction for visitors to Cornwall and this is just the first step in the process and we’re very proud of it.”
Jeremy Dunn, Senior Associate Director said “We are excited to be working on the Carlyon Bay development providing project management and CDMC advice. The bat house is the first of many parts of this long awaited project and we look forward to assisting with the delivery of one of Cornwall’s most significant schemes”.