The £1.2m regeneration project at the former Bee and Station hotel in Rhyl is already bringing benefits to the local area, Finance Minister Jane Hutt said today.
The transformation by Denbighshire Council of the Grade II listed building into new office space which will be able to accommodate three small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and 27 employees, has been made possible with a Welsh Government funding package including contributions from the North Wales Coast Regeneration Area programme and the European Regional Development Fund.
As the contractor on the project, Wynne Construction is supporting community benefits through sustaining local employees and using local businesses in the supply chain.
The Minister said: "The Bee and Station Hotel is an important building in Rhyl's history and is well-located next to the Railway Station. This project is not only refurbishing this historical building, improving the aspect of the town centre, but it will also contribute towards the revitalising and regeneration of the town by providing the opportunity for small businesses to base themselves right in the heart of Rhyl.
"I'm delighted that application of Welsh procurement policy has opened up this contract opportunity for our local businesses. It is also helping deliver benefits through the construction process with local company Wynne Construction taking the lead providing opportunities for local employees and sub-contractors.
"This project is an example of how investment can provide benefits for the community every step of the way from construction to the end result."
Leader of Denbighshire, Councillor Hugh Evans, who is also the Cabinet Lead Member for Economic Regeneration, said: "The work carried out at the Bee and Station is an example of how run-down buildings can be transformed into sustainable properties, for the benefit of the local community.
"These are exciting times for Rhyl, with Denbighshire County Council working closely with its key partners to help revitalise the town by creating opportunities to attract investment into the town; transforming derelict buildings to assist in the regeneration of the town; providing quality new housing; creating employment opportunities and enhancing the leisure offer. All of these developments will be of benefit to those who live in, work in or visit the town."