A transformation project to convert Bodmin Jail into a 63-bedroom hotel could start in October after planning permission was granted by council planners.
The £30m project is being headed up by London-based Twelve Architects, who submitted an application earlier this year to transform the jail into a hotel and teaching facility, due to be completed by 2019.
Now after an 18-month consultation process, the ambitious project has been unanimously approved by planning officials.
With work scheduled to begin straight away, the derelict cell blocks on the building’s civil and naval wings would be turned into 63 rooms above part of the museum.
Each 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 complete length of both wings will create a central atrium for the hotel.
The project will also include a new 1,200sqm ‘Dark Walk’ attraction which will feature a series 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.