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Building work begins on new Penzance Heliport

Building work begins on new Penzance Heliport

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:31am 24th March 2019. (Updated at 7:54am 24th March 2019)

Building work has officially begun on a new heliport connecting Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly.

Penzance Heliport will run helicopters to the islands of Tresco and St Mary's from spring 2020.

The first turf was cut on the site at Jelbert Way in a ceremony this week.

The new heliport is adjacent to the previous heliport site and will reinstate the direct flights.

The service will be operated by Sloane Helicopters and tickets go on sale this summer.

"Today is a momentous occasion not just for the islands, but for West Cornwall.

"Today marks the start of the project that will once again make Penzance the proud home to one of the few scheduled passenger helicopter services in the world, with all the benefits to the local economy that entails.

"We also begin work to reinstate the much-missed third leg of the Isles of Scilly transport system, working together to deliver the resilience, choice and connectivity the islands need to achieve growth now and in the future."

Robert Dorrien-Smith, who is behind the project

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An artist's impression of what the new Penzance Heliport will look like

"I felt privileged to be part of this important step in returning the iconic helicopter service to Penzance and look forward to the day when this corner of Ludgvan Parish will see holidaymakers and Scillonians once again fly out over Mounts Bay."

Simon Elliott, Cornwall Councillor for Ludgvan

Bosses say the Penzance Heliport will help extend the visitor season on the islands and make access to essential services easier for islanders throughout the year.

The service will unlock £31 million of private investment in the Isles of Scilly, stimulate £10 million of economic activity in West Cornwall and provide around 30 permanent jobs.

The heliport will also make use of local materials including sustainable timber, Cornish granite and native planting.

"Cutting the first sods certainly felt like an historic moment. I cannot overstate the importance of this project to the economy of the islands and Penzance."

Mayor of Penzance, Cllr Dick Cliffe

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Building work has begun on site for the new Penzance Heliport - which is due to open spring 2020

Penzance Heliport has been awarded £1.8 million of European Regional Development Funding to support the development of a multi-modal hub connecting Penzane, Tresco and St Mary's.

The remainder of the project funding is from private investors.

The new Isles of Scilly helicopter service, provided by leading operator Sloane Helicopters, will take to the skies in spring 2020.

Passengers will fly from Penzance Heliport aboard the state-of-the-art AW139 helicopter, arriving on the islands of Tresco or St Mary's in just 15 minutes.

Tickets will go on sale from summer 2019 at www.penzanceheliport.co.uk

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