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Old County Hall goes on the market for £3.5m

20th January 2021

Matt Dixon

One of Truro’s most recognisable buildings is on sale for a cool £3.5million. Old County Hall, in Station Road, has endured a long and varied history, having been built in 1890 before the county’s administrative headquarters moved to nearby New County Hall in the 1960s.

The Grade II listed building is on sale with Lewis Haughton Wills. A spokesman for the agent
said: “It is a large development site for sale or a joint venture development located in central Cornwall, offering 2.2 acres of land split into two parts – a large prominent building for conversion plus adjacent large area and similar floor area for a brand new build.”

There are several schemes - both residential and commercial – which could be viewed favourably by Cornwall Council for development, one of which would involve more than a hundred apartments.

The building was acquired by developer Nigel Carpenter in July 2012 and much of the building was subsequently converted for residential use. Although the proposals included a hotel and a spa, those aspects of the proposal did not progress. The area around the building was developed into boutique apartments, semidetached and terraced properties, which have been available to buy since 2017.

The original design of the building in the late 19th century involved 11 symmetrical bays facing on to Station Road, with the end bays slightly projected forwards.

The central section, which was also slightly projected forward, featured a bow shaped porch with Tuscan columns.

The building, which became increasingly blackened with soot from the local factory chimneys, was extended in 1925 and again in 1939.

After the county council moved to New County Hall in 1966, the Old County Hall site continued to be used by the Cornwall Record Office. That office moved to Kresen Kernow, Redruth, in 2019.

Anyone interested in buying the property can call 01872 264120 or email le@lewishaughtonwills.com

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