Cornwall Council has this week approved the sale of Old County Hall to St Michael’s Hotel & Spa owner Nigel Carpenter.
Carpenter plans to retain the historic Old County Hall building and restore the distinctive original features of the building, while creating a new 40-bedroomed, four star spa hotel for Truro.
Owner Nigel Carpenter, who conceived The Truro Spa Hotel, said: “I am delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to convert this wonderful, historic building into a flagship hotel for Truro.
“It will provide a much needed facility for the city which will help fuel the growth of our capital city. Its location encourages a low carbon footprint with visitors being able to arrive at the main train station, just 200 metres away.”
Malcolm Bell, head of VisitCornwall, said: “The proposed development would be transformational for Truro by providing a signature hotel and focus which has been sadly missing in Truro.”
Old County Hall was originally designed in 1890 by TB Silcock for the County Council and is a grand, Grade II listed building.
The Truro Spa Hotel is expected to open its doors in 2014. The sale is subject to a satisfactory planning consent being obtained.