NEWS
Scheme to transform Bodmin Jail into hotel and museum attraction wins green light
POSTED 06 Jul 2017 . BY Kim Megson
Twelve Architects’ proposals to redevelop Bodmin Jail into a new hotel, visitor attraction and teaching facility have been granted planning consent following a unanimous decision by Cornwall Council.

The Grade II listed jail currently operates as an attraction and venue on Britain’s Cornish coast, but many of the buildings are in a ruinous state.

Twelve Architects scheme will see the complete refurbishment of the two wings of derelict cell blocks to house 63 hotel rooms. Working with the existing structure, each ensuite bedroom will be formed from three cells and interiors will feature colours and textures inspired by the aged, weathered stone.

A glazed rooflight running the length of both wings will create the hotel’s central atrium “and will enable the magical, naturally lit quality of the ruin to be retained.” An external lift and core, both clad in charred timber, will be added to improve circulation.

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

The renovation work will be complemented by a new 1,200sq m building housing an attraction called ‘Dark Walk’. Formed of a sequence of themed rooms containing scenic sets, films and projections, this is designed to immerse visitors in the history of the area and experience the life of the jail’s 18th and 19th century inmates.

According to the architects, the new structure will be clad using stone gabions: “a mesh of stainless steel cages containing hand-laid stones from a quarry situated on the same rock seam as was used for the original building.”

“Across the building, a pattern of gabions sitting forward and back of the facades, break up the massing and echo the fenestration of the jail building,” they added.

Twelve Architects are working with a team including museum consultants Sarner International, engineers Arup, and project management firm Turner & Townsend. Enabling works on the £30m (US$38.8m. €34m) project will start on site in Q3, with the project due for completion in 2019.

“We’re delighted at the level of support for the scheme from the council and the local community,” said Matt Cartwright, Twelve Architects’ founding director. “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.”

Bodmin Jail was built in 1779 and operated through to 1927, hosting 50 public hangings during that time. The prison complex, most of it now in ruins, has been used as a site for ghost walks and other visitor activities and exhibitions for a number of years.

Historic jails and prisons have emerged as an unlikely source of inspiration for hospitality developers in recent years.

Developers are trying to turn Northern Ireland's notorious Armagh Gaol into a luxury hotel and spa; the newly-opened Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch, London, is located a former court building and features a cocktail bar in the cells; and a former fortress and concentration camp on an island in Montenegro is set to be turned into a luxury resort and spa after a controversial planning proposal was accepted by the government.
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2017

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
AM2
ATTRACTIONS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
Attractions Management - Scheme to transform Bodmin Jail into hotel and museum attraction wins green light...
19 Oct 2017 Attractions Management: industry news and jobs
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

06 Jul 2017

Scheme to transform Bodmin Jail into hotel and museum attraction wins green light
BY Kim Megson

Twelve Architects scheme will see the complete refurbishment of the two wings of derelict cell blocks to house 63 hotel rooms

Twelve Architects scheme will see the complete refurbishment of the two wings of derelict cell blocks to house 63 hotel rooms
photo: Twelve Architects

Twelve Architects’ proposals to redevelop Bodmin Jail into a new hotel, visitor attraction and teaching facility have been granted planning consent following a unanimous decision by Cornwall Council.

The Grade II listed jail currently operates as an attraction and venue on Britain’s Cornish coast, but many of the buildings are in a ruinous state.

Twelve Architects scheme will see the complete refurbishment of the two wings of derelict cell blocks to house 63 hotel rooms. Working with the existing structure, each ensuite bedroom will be formed from three cells and interiors will feature colours and textures inspired by the aged, weathered stone.

A glazed rooflight running the length of both wings will create the hotel’s central atrium “and will enable the magical, naturally lit quality of the ruin to be retained.” An external lift and core, both clad in charred timber, will be added to improve circulation.

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

The renovation work will be complemented by a new 1,200sq m building housing an attraction called ‘Dark Walk’. Formed of a sequence of themed rooms containing scenic sets, films and projections, this is designed to immerse visitors in the history of the area and experience the life of the jail’s 18th and 19th century inmates.

According to the architects, the new structure will be clad using stone gabions: “a mesh of stainless steel cages containing hand-laid stones from a quarry situated on the same rock seam as was used for the original building.”

“Across the building, a pattern of gabions sitting forward and back of the facades, break up the massing and echo the fenestration of the jail building,” they added.

Twelve Architects are working with a team including museum consultants Sarner International, engineers Arup, and project management firm Turner & Townsend. Enabling works on the £30m (US$38.8m. €34m) project will start on site in Q3, with the project due for completion in 2019.

“We’re delighted at the level of support for the scheme from the council and the local community,” said Matt Cartwright, Twelve Architects’ founding director. “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.”

Bodmin Jail was built in 1779 and operated through to 1927, hosting 50 public hangings during that time. The prison complex, most of it now in ruins, has been used as a site for ghost walks and other visitor activities and exhibitions for a number of years.

Historic jails and prisons have emerged as an unlikely source of inspiration for hospitality developers in recent years.

Developers are trying to turn Northern Ireland's notorious Armagh Gaol into a luxury hotel and spa; the newly-opened Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch, London, is located a former court building and features a cocktail bar in the cells; and a former fortress and concentration camp on an island in Montenegro is set to be turned into a luxury resort and spa after a controversial planning proposal was accepted by the government.



Connect with
Attractions Management
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
WAZA and UN team up to tackle environmental problems
WAZA and UN team up to tackle environmental problems   19 Oct 2017

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has signed an agreement with the United Nations (UN) in order to better combat marine litter, coral .... more>>
Lausanne opens major freshwater aquarium-vivarium
Lausanne opens major freshwater aquarium-vivarium   18 Oct 2017

Aquatis, a groundbreaking new aquarium and vivarium that’s home to some 100 reptile and 10,000 fish species, is set to open its doors this weekend. .... more>>
MVRDV win competition for Shanghai Future Park showcasing nature, culture and entertainment
MVRDV win competition for Shanghai Future Park showcasing nature, culture and entertainment   18 Oct 2017

Dutch architects MVRDV are have announced a large-scale leisure project in Shanghai that will see the firm meld nature, culture and entertainment in a .... more>>
Adjaye Associates collaborate with former spy chiefs to design New York museum dedicated to espionage
Adjaye Associates collaborate with former spy chiefs to design New York museum dedicated to espionage   18 Oct 2017

Adjaye Associates have revealed their design for a new spy museum and interactive experience in the heart of New York, which is set to open this .... more>>
Company profile


Antonio Zamperla Spa

Founded in 1966, the Antonio Zamperla SPA, is privately owned by Mr Alberto Zamperla. Located in Vicenza, Italy, the headquarters are supported by many Zamperla subsidiaries around the globe.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery






in this issue

• UK Sport's decade of 'mega-events'
• Inactivity costs NHS Wales £35m a year
• Warwick Castle set for 80-bed hotel



Latest jobs




Chef Manager
Salary: Competitive
Location: Winchester, United Kingdom
Company: Marwell Wildlife
National Manager - Programmes and Events
Salary: Up to £30,000 pa
Location: Slimbridge, United Kingdom
Company: The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
Operations Manager
Salary: £26,000 - £31,000
Location: Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Company: The National Museum of the Royal Navy
Executive Assistant
Salary: Competitive
Location: Carlsbad, CA, United States
Company: Legoland
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com

07-29 Oct 2017

Dynamic Reformer Course

Ten Health & Fitness Hatton Garden, London, United Kingdom


16-19 Oct 2017

World Waterpark Association (WWA) Show

Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, United States



Attractions Management magazine 2017 issue 3
Attractions Management
2017 issue 3

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Analysis: Be Our Guest
Dive into the 2016 TEA/AECOM Theme Index More>>
  Show report: Rising Tide
A look at the inaugural TIDE conference, which promotes the role of AV in the delivery of a compelling story More>>


Attractions Management magazine 2017 issue 2

Attractions Management
2017 issue 2

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Editor’s letter: The Era of Zero risk
Liz Terry shares her thoughts More>>
  Promotional feature: Polin
What’s happening in Waterparks in Asia? More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd