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Talks and lectures

RIBA Cornwall: Talk and tour of Bodmin Jail with Twelve Architects and optional dinner

Join RIBA Cornwall for an inspiring talk and tour with Twelve Architects and Cornish Lime about the transformation of a landmark historic building into a leading visitor attraction and luxury hotel.

As part of this special opportunity to get together, there will be a sparkling welcome drink to enjoy the festive atmosphere.

The event has two options. You can choose to attend just the talk and tour with Cornish Lime and Twelve Architects or you can attend the talk and tour with Cornish Lime and Twelve Architects plus a three-course dinner.


3pm: Sparkling welcome drink

3.45pm: Introduction from RIBA Cornwall Branch Chair, Helen Brooks

4pm: Presentation from Cornish Lime about the use of lime render and insulation in the jail

4.30pm: Presentation from Matt Cartwright and Lorraine Stoutt Griffith, Directors of Twelve Architects

5.15pm: Tour of the building

6.30pm - 8.30pm: Dinner

About Bodmin Jail

Bodmin Jail was a derelict, Grade II Listed 18th century prison that once housed hundreds of criminals. It has been restored and reinvented as a luxury boutique hotel, leading visitor attraction and venue in Cornwall.

The design intertwines the imposing original architecture of the 300-year-old jail with creative, contemporary design. 85% of the original fabric of the building with the once derelict cell blocks of the jail, now form the 70-room hotel and part of the museum. A glazed roof to the hotel atrium retains the magical natural light qualities of the ruin.

The visitor attraction features a brand-new stone gabion clad Dark Wall Experience building. Technology and theatrical effects are combined, treating visitors to an immersive experience. The administration building has been completely refurbished to accommodate the cocktail bar, gym and cafe, and there is a new restaurant in what was once the jail’s chapel.

About Twelve Architects

Twelve Architects & Masterplanners is an international architectural practice, creating distinctive and memorable designs for projects across a range of sectors globally. Established in 2012, they have designed and delivered landmark buildings that have won numerous awards with designs that are based on the principles of simplicity, attention to detail and intelligent use of materials.