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New County Hall Including Terrace Pool Surrounds and Bridge to Courtyard

A Grade II Listed Building in Truro, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.2597 / 50°15'34"N

Longitude: -5.0694 / 5°4'9"W

OS Eastings: 181323

OS Northings: 44474

OS Grid: SW813444

Mapcode National: GBR ZD.LPKD

Mapcode Global: FRA 088B.WBF

Plus Code: 9C2P7W5J+V7

Entry Name: New County Hall Including Terrace Pool Surrounds and Bridge to Courtyard

Listing Date: 24 April 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1323700

English Heritage Legacy ID: 469225

Location: Truro, Cornwall, TR1

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Truro

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Highertown

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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880-0/2/10008 New County Hall including terrace
pool surrounds and bridge to courtyard


County Hall. Council chamber, associated suite, and local government offices. 1963-66. F.K.Hicklin (succeeded by A J Groves) County Architect. In-situ reinforced concrete frame structure, board-marked exposed concrete, storey height pre-cast concrete cladding panels with exposed aggregate, aluminium window frames, slate infill panels. Limestone facing to council chamber, Delabole slate paving. Three storeys, on steeply sloping site, allowing additional and largely open lower level to south, east and west. Pilotis allow building to 'float' over sloping site and maintain views out to south. Compact single clock of courtyard plan; flat roof Council chamber at first floor level is cantilevered to project eastwards. High quality finishes throughout. Good example of concrete work, giving grey strong texture to emulate local Cornish tradition. Landscaped design by G.A.Jellicoe; internal courtyard has sculpture "Rock form, Porthcurno" Barbara Hepworth. Some minor remodelling internally. A rigorous and consistent design of high quality which relates well to its internal courtyard and to the scale and character of the wider Cornish landscape beyond. A fine example of a county hall in a modern idiom.
SOURCES: Building (1966) 30,62-66; Architectural Review (1962) 24; Architects Journal: (1961) 252; Architects Journal (1966) 1270: Architects Journal (1966) 161-78; Architectural Design (1961-1966): 431 AND 324; Architect and Building News (1966) 55; Buildings of England: Cornwall; Pevsner, N; (1970), p235.

Listing NGR: SW8132344474

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