PROPERTY developer Acorn Blue has officially announced plans to convert Truro’s Old County Hall into new homes.
The Acorn Property Group company has announced plans to redevelop Truro’s Old County Hall on Station Road, which has been vacant for years.
The project, to be carried out by Acorn’s Cornish Region, Acorn Blue, is a joint venture with the landowners that will bring the abandoned building and 1.5-acre site back to life.
The building permit is applied for to convert the listed building “sympathetically” into apartments and to convert the rear parking garage into a new residential building.
Truros Old County Hall was designed in New Georgian style by British architect Thomas Ball Silcock, custom built and completed in 1890, with an extension in 1910. The property is a prime example of early 20th century architecture that has retained many of its original features . Constructed of clad brickwork with granite blocks under a sloping slate roof with a central dome with open gables, the facade of the main building is both historically and visually impressive.
Stuart Brereton MRICS, Acorn Blue’s Regional Managing Director and Land Director, said, “Old County Hall is an impressive building that deserves to be brought back to life. Architect Thomas Ball Silcock created an impressive building that was designed in such a way that it can be converted for today’s living needs without compromising its original vision.
“Securing sites with unique histories and reusing them in an environmentally sustainable way is in line with Acorn’s core values and Acorn Green’s guiding objectives, a holistic approach to development and carbon reduction: Maintaining the original building will allow us to reduce the environmental impact of the program to reduce significantly.
“As a developer and placemaker, Acorn Green represents our commitment to implementing the best possible design and technology in the communities we help build. Truros Old County Hall is an exciting opportunity to create truly unique homes and build a community around the historic courtyards and grounds. ”