Previously a place for criminals, the 18th century Victorian Bodmin Jail in Cornwall, England has undergone a transformative roof refurbishment to shed light throughout once dark spaces. This historic building is now a luxurious hotel, welcoming international guests year-round to enjoy a comfortable stay accompanied by natural daylight.
Twelve architects took on an ambitious project to refurbish and redesign this historic building. The wellbeing of guests was at the forefront of design choices and project decision-making when choosing daylight solutions that replicated previous roof structures.
A total of 214 glazing panels have been installed as part of a rooflight refurbishment to deliver daylight and fresh air, while providing thermal controls throughout communal spaces to maximise occupant comfort. Dual pitched solutions run the length of busy corridors. The daylight solutions chosen for this refurbishment project needed to resemble the shape and form of the original historic windows of this Grade 2 listed building.
Daylight installations also needed to meet safety regulations, inclusive of specific weight requirements for sloping roofs. Thin-glazing bars satisfy planning requirements and fit within design plans and aesthetic requirements. Self-supporting glazing panels form a clean and uninterrupted continuation of the roof. This innovative refurbishment was completed in May 2021..
This case study showcases the value of incorporating daylight solutions into design, and it helps architects rethink how an old building can be restored and best enjoyed by hotel guests. Come talk to us at Architecture + Building Expo about this exhilarating refurbishment project that turned a prison into a warm and light-filled space for hotel guests.