Hotel plans for Old County Hall

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Cornwall Council has this week approved the sale of Old County Hall to St Michael’s Hotel & Spa owner Nigel Carpenter.

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.”

Computer generated impression of the proposed Truro Spa Hotel

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.

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