WORK on a new housing scheme for over 55's at the former Grange Hotel site is gathering pace.

Anwyl Partnerships has been appointed to deliver the housing scheme for Wales & West Housing under a £5.1 million contract.

The development, on East Parade, involves a four-storey single-block and features 41 one and two-bedroom apartments.

Enabling and groundworks on the site have been finalised and construction of the new building's steel frame has been completed.

Tom Anwyl, managing director of Anwyl Partnerships, said: “The vital regeneration of Rhyl is now very much underway with various private and public sector organisations and businesses driving this forward. The redevelopment of landmark buildings such as the Grange, which are particularly prominent both in terms of location and size, form an integral part of these plans.

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“Work is now very much underway at the site and we are using our own team as well as local sub-contractors to carry out the works.

"We will also be working in partnership with Wales & West Housing to achieve specific employability outcomes and conduct a number of community-led initiatives that will enhance the area, leaving a positive lasting legacy.”

The Grange Hotel was destroyed by fire more than 10 years ago.

It was reduced to rubble in 2016 after permission from CADW - the historic environment service of the Welsh Government - after it was condemned and left abandoned for a number of years.

This is the first project to begin on site under Wales & West Housing’s 10-year Construction framework.

It is due for completion in January 2021.

Joanna Davoile, director of development for Wales & West Housing, said: “The former Grange hotel site has been derelict for some time and we’re proud that Wales & West Housing is bringing such a prominent site on Rhyl’s seafront back into use.

"We are aiming to build 2500 new homes for Wales over the next five years and this development of 41 apartments will contribute a small amount towards this target – but with a big impact on the local area.

"There is a severe shortage of affordable housing in Denbighshire and these new apartments will provide much-needed high quality, warm, energy efficient homes for over 55s in the Rhyl area.”

Wales and West Housing Association were given planning permission to turn the Grange Hotel site in Rhyl into apartments in 2018.