The major regeneration of Rhyl’s waterfront has taken an important step forward, with a company now appointed to demolish the Sun Centre and make way for the first phase of development works to begin at the Pavilion Theatre.
Bond Demolition Ltd, based in Caerphilly, will demolish the building, allowing the refurbishment of the theatre’s ground and first floor areas, as well creating a new façade for the building. The front of the current Sun Centre building will then be landscaped, providing a pleasant public green space.
The demolition works will take place over the summer and autumn. The Pavilion Theatre will remain open as usual.
Once this work is complete, the attention in this zone will then shift to creating an extended and improved car park to the east of the Pavilion.
Leader of Denbighshire, Councillor Hugh Evans OBE, who is also the Cabinet Lead Member for the Economy, said: “This is an important milestone for Rhyl’s waterfront development.
“The demolition of the Sun Centre and the re-modelling of the Pavilion Theatre is the first piece of the regeneration jig-saw. This work has been considered alongside the emerging proposals for the Culture and Hospitality Zone of the Rhyl Waterfront scheme.
“Developments and improvements to the promenade aim to not only benefit Rhyl’s economy through increased footfall from visitors but also the residents of Rhyl, Denbighshire and wider North Wales communities, to ensure they know exactly what our town has to offer.
“The recent £3.5million funding received through the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable places scheme has allowed us to accelerate work on many elements of the scheme, including the demolition of the Sun Centre. Rhyl’s new waterfront development will include an Aquatic Centre to replace the former Sun Centre. These proposals are progressing well and a decision will be made in the autumn”.
The waterfront development project is worth £29million in total and has been funded partly by the Welsh Government and Denbighshire County Council, with the remainder from private sector investment being secured by Neptune Developments Limited