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Twelve Architects to create hotel and tourist hotspot at Bodmin Jail

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London’s Twelve Architects has submitted plans to overhaul the 18th-century Bodmin Jail in Cornwall, adding a hotel and creating new visitor facilities

The Grade II-listed jail, which closed in 1927, already runs as an attraction and venue but, according to the practice, many of the buildings ‘are in a ruinous state, limiting its potential’.

The 6,990m² scheme aims to deliver a ‘state-of-the-art visitor experience and teaching and learning resource; an upgraded venue for private hire; and a 63-bedroom hotel’.

The two derelict cell blocks will house the new hotel rooms with each bedroom formed from three cells.

A new 1,200m² building clad in stone gabions will house the Dark Walk attraction – a sequence of themed rooms containing ’scenic sets, films and projections to immerse visitors in the history of the area and allow them to share the experience of inmates of Bodmin Jail during the 18th and 19th centuries. 

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

Work is scheduled to start on site in early 2018 and complete the following year.

Twelve bodmin functions

Twelve bodmin functions

Project data

Architect Twelve Architects and Masterplanners
Engineer Arup
Museum consultant 
Sarner International
Tender Date Two stage tender, first stage tendering in March 2017.
Start on site date January 2018
Completion date October 2019
Contract duration 22 months
Gross internal floor area 6,990m²
Form of Contract Design and Build
Total cost Undisclosed

Twelve bodmin 3rd fl plan

Twelve bodmin 3rd fl plan

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