The DEMOLITION work on the Queen’s Buildings in Rhyl is now complete and the Denbighshire County Council (DCC) cabinet will meet to discuss the next stages of the project on February 15.
The Queen’s Buildings project plays a key role in the council’s wider program to regenerate the town, which includes reconnecting the seafront and promenade to the town centre.
Additional funding is required to complete the first phase of the project due to factors including a 25% increase in the cost of construction due to the availability of labor and materials globally.
To ensure it is in line with recent advice from Natural Resources Wales, the ground floor will need to be raised by 740mm so that buildings are protected against the increased risk of flooding resulting from the rise in water level. the sea, which is expected to occur due to climate change.
The council will seek additional funding through its capital plan to enable delivery of the first phase and associated benefits, while external funding is available to help cover the cost of the program and to prepare the site for to enable future phases of development. take place.
The Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns program has part-funded the project to transform the site into a vibrant mix of retail, food and drink, contemporary market, office and residential space, which will be carried out alongside of delivery partners during different phases.
Councilor Hugh Evans OBE, Head of DCC and Senior Member for the Economy, said: ‘The Council has worked closely with the Welsh Government to develop the Queen’s Buildings project into an asset to Denbighshire that people want to visit, where businesses will want to invest, as well as help revitalize downtown Rhyl.
“The regeneration of Rhyl is a long-term project which will benefit the economy across Denbighshire and the Queen’s Buildings form an essential part of this plan.
“The development of the Queen’s Buildings and the work already completed on the seafront will be bolstered by our offer of funding to the UK Government’s Leveling Up Fund scheme, which will include improvements to the public realm and further regeneration of the town center and the main Street.”
“We are committed to delivering this asset for Denbighshire; its economic benefits remain a very important part of the regeneration program.
The council appointed Wynne Construction Ltd to take the project from planning approval to construction to detailed design.
For the most up-to-date information on the projects involved in Rhyl’s regeneration program, please visit www.denbighshire.gov.uk/rhyl-regeneration.