Bodmin Jail

Cornwall

Client: Mallino Development Ltd
Architect: Twelve Architects

Astute Fire have been commissioned as the fire engineering consultant to redevelop the historic Bodmin Jail to create a state-of-the-art visitor experience and teaching and learning resource; an upgraded venue for private hire; and a 63-bedroom hotel. The jail was built in the Georgian Era, and extended in the 18th Century, resulting in a basic layout that does not meet modern standards. However, due to the dilapidated condition of the ruins, this regeneration project is actually considered ‘new build.’ In order to meet the functional requirements of Building Regulations 2010, whilst also abiding by Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, a fire engineered approach was required, as standard guidance such as Approved Document B simply does not work with the existing historic layout. This included working on the following challenging areas:

  • Conversion of prison cells into hotel rooms, accessed directly from atria;
  • Extended travel distances;
  • Limited space for smoke ventilation equipment;
  • Limited width of existing openings and stairs.

Image courtesy of Twelve Architects.

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