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MARK Product Polhigey Mine

MARK’s new factory & HQ begins construction

14.07.21

Investing in our future marks a milestone in the ambition of why MARK was established and how we as a business approach our responsibilities as a sustainable British manufacturer.

The new building, which will also house the offices of MARK’s sister interior design company Hart Miller Design, symbolises the company’s commitment to manufacturing in the UK and to their local community and workforce. “This is a major milestone in the development of our company” explains MARK’s co-founder John Miller, “We have outgrown our current premises and they do not meet the high sustainability standards we have set ourselves”.


A key factor is location

Although in a rural setting, MARK’s new factory is strategically located at the heart of their Cornish supply base.

Central to the towns of Redruth, Camborne, Helston and Penryn, the location ensures most of MARK’s products will only travel a few miles as they progress from raw material to finished furniture.

“Having designed the building in-house” adds Anna “enables us to create a space that is just right for our business now and for future growth. Some practical things to do with the way we make furniture, but also how we wanted it to work and feel for our team”. Architects Manalo and White, whom have a 10-year association with MARK, have supported the team as consultants bringing their expertise in designing industrial buildings to the project.

The resulting building will enable MARK to make specific efficiencies and improvements in their sustainable practices which are all part of their ‘Do Net Good’ sustainability mission which will be launched in October.

A more detailed history

Our new factory is being built on the site of a former tin mine.

Polhigey Mine was operational in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was one of Cornwall’s leading tin mines at the time and among the first to be powered by electricity.  After a period of use as a coal yard during the 80s and 90s the site has since deteriorated.

Given its location in a World Heritage Site, one of the attractions to Anna and John was the opportunity for a transformation.  This unloved area of concrete is to become a site both to generate income and employment for the area as well as being a haven for wildlife.  Some areas of the site are being reserved for re-wilding and in excess of 150 trees are to be planted.  The building uses recycled concrete from the site and the biomass heating will also use logs from within the site.

This site is a reminder that Cornwall is not just a holiday destination.  The county forged the very beginning of the industrial revolution – the first railways and steam engines were used here – and MARK’s plans for modern, design-led manufacturing bring this story right up to date.

The company plans to move in by the end of 2021. 

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