A FORMER Rhyl pub is set to offer office accommodation for 27 new jobs.
The £1.2m regeneration of the Bee and Station hotel on Bodfor Street is already bringing benefits to the local area, Finance Minister Jane Hutt said during a visit to the town last week.
The Grade II listed building has been converted into office space to accommodate three small and medium sized enterprises with the help of Welsh Government funding through the North Wales Coast Regeneration Area programme and the European Regional Development Fund.
Ms Hutt 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.”
The contractor on the project is local company Wynne Construction which supports community benefits through sustaining local employees and using local businesses through the supply chain.
Cllr Hugh Evans, leader of Denbighshire Council, said: “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 Council working closely with its key partners to help revitalise the town by creating opportunities to attract investment into the town.”
*MS HUTT also visited Rhyl Sixth with Vale of Clwyd AM Ann Jones.
The pair met with staff and students and were given a tour round the purpose built facilities by the newly appointed head, Robert Hughes.
Ms Jones said: “The sixth form, which was delivered under Welsh Government, is a fantastic facility for students and the community more widely.
“The brand new facilities and the additional support available to students are remarkable; with a personal tutor, one-to-one study and advice it’s no wonder the sixth form is seeing some good results.”