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Ritchies wins Bodmin Jail redevelopment work

Bam Ritchies has announced that it has been appointed to design and build a complex retaining structure to enable the redevelopment of the historic Bodmin Jail in Cornwall.

bodmin jail interior before

The redevelopment will see the derelict Naval and Civil wings brought back to life as a hotel

Working for Essex Demolition Contractors, Ritchies has joined forces with consultant Campbell Reith to develop a solution to allow a 7m vertical excavation to be completed in fill material.

Built in 1779, the jail closed in 1922 but is now a popular tourist attraction and the £30M redevelopment will expand the facilities at the site to include a 63 bedroom hotel within currently derelict wings and a new visitor attraction.

According to Ritchies geotechnical manager Andrew O’Donovan, the retaining structure is a key element to the enabling works to allow redevelopment of the former jail and will involved restricted access working.

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