PREPARATION works have started ahead of refurbishment of Rhyl’s Sky Tower.
The landmark, which will ultimately be painted and transformed into a static light beacon, has had its gondola removed.
Proposals were drawn up by Ion (formerly Neptune) as part of the Rhyl waterfront development proposals. Works will be carried out by firm Wynne Construction.
Cllr Hugh Evans, Denbighshire County Council’s cabinet lead member for the economy, said: “The Sky Tower is such a unique structure and can be seen for miles along the North Wales Coast.
“We want to transform it into a unique landmark that will light up the area and form an important feature of the hospitality zone along the waterfront.”
The Pavilion Theatre is currently undergoing a makeover. Works include a new façade on the side of the building that used to join up to the Sun Centre, repainting and recladding of the main theatre building and a new entrance foyer.
Inside the building, bar areas are being refurbished and a new restaurant is being created as well as a new car park.
Landscaping and lighting plans for in and around the Pavilion and the former Sun Centre site have been submitted.
A cover letter submitted to the council states that a “comprehensive masterplan” showing proposals for hard and soft landscaping for the site [of the Pavilion Theatre and its car parks] will soon be submitted.
It reads: “This will include details of proposed new trees, hedgerows, shrubs or vegetation; proposed materials to be used on access roads, paths and other hard surface areas; poposed positions, design, materials including screen walls and fences.”
Planning permission has already been granted for a hotel (Travelodge), family pub/restaurant (Marstons), a third commercial unit and for works to the Children’s Village car park.
Cllr Evans added: “This is an exciting time for Rhyl, with several projects under way and these developments come hot on the heels of the Rhyl Waterpark proposal being approved by full council.
“Developments and improvements to the promenade will not only benefit Rhyl’s economy through increased footfall from visitors but also let the communities of Denbighshire and wider North Wales region know exactly what the town has to offer.”