Bodmin Jail Hotel & Visitor Attraction
|Client:||Malino Development Group|
|Appointment:||2015 – ongoing|
|Stage:||From concept to completion|
|Service:||Architecture, Interior Design, Masterplanning|
A derelict Grade II Listed 18th Century prison that once housed hundreds of criminals has been restored and reinvented as a luxury boutique hotel, leading visitor attraction and venue within Cornwall, England.
It is a new full sensory experience that intertwines the imposing original architecture of the three-hundred-year-old jail with creative, contemporary design, which retains 85% of the original fabric, and enhances the unique atmosphere and sense of history that existed in the ruins. The once derelict cell blocks of the jail now house the 70-room hotel and part of the museum. A glazed roof to the hotel atrium retains the magical natural lighting qualities of the ruin. The hotel rooms retain the rich colours and textures of the stone that have, over time, been revealed and weathered, creating a unique and special place.
The visitor attraction features a brand-new stone gabion clad Dark Wall experience building. Combining technology and theatrical effects, treating visitors to a truly immersive and interactive discovery of life within the walls of Bodmin Jail: one of Cornwall’s most haunting histories.
The Administration building had been completely refurbished to accommodate the cocktail bar, gym and cafe, and a restaurant in what was once the Jail’s chapel.