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Bodmin Jail to become a hotel

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Bodmin Jail to become a hotel

A planning application has been submitted to transform two wings of Bodmin Jail in Cornwall into a 63-bedroom hotel.

Twelve Architects has devised proposals to redevelop the jail into a visitor experience and teaching and learning resource, a venue for private hire and a hotel.

Complete refurbishment of the two wings of derelict cell blocks will house hotel accommodation above part of the museum. A glazed rooflight running the complete length of both wings will create a central atrium for the hotel and each bedroom in the Grade II-listed building will be formed from three cells with interiors featuring colours and textures inspired by the aged, weathered stone.

Under the proposals, a new building will house a ‘Dark Walk’ attraction, a sequence of themed rooms containing scenic sets, films and projections to immerse visitors in the history of the area and the experience of inmates of Bodmin Jail during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The existing Governor’s Hall will remain as the main venue and restaurant space, which will be refurbished and upgraded.

Matt Cartwright, Twelve Architects’ founding director, said: “We are pleased by the positive reaction of the local community to the proposed scheme during the consultation process. This project will be important to Bodmin, bringing an important part of its heritage back to life and providing facilities for local people as well as for visitors. We’re looking forward to taking the project forward.”

Work is planned to start on site in early 2018.

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