BUILDING work to turn Truro's Old County Hall into a £12 million luxury hotel has been delayed for more than a year due to health and safety concerns.
Plans were first announced two years ago by Nigel Carpenter, owner of St Michael's Hotel in Falmouth, to convert the former council offices in Truro into a boutique hotel and spa.
Work was originally meant to begin on the 40-bedroom hotel at the end of last year but the final sale has only just gone through.
Mr Carpenter said delays had been caused by the previous Cornwall Farmers nitrate storage site at the back of Truro railway station.
The existence of the store, which has now been moved, meant full planning permission could not be granted.
The matter has now been resolved and Mr Carpenter says he hopes work will begin on the conversion in the spring of next year.