BIDS from contractors will be invited to convert former government offices into 12 apartments for those aged 55 or over in Rhyl.

Last year it was revealed that the former government offices at Llys Anwyl in Churton Road were snapped up by Denbighshire County Council.

A planning application for the residential conversion was approved on January 6 2021 and a subsequent application for some amendments to windows, doors and grilles was approved on July 8 2021.

A Design and Access Statement says: "The Single Housing Register for Denbighshire has identified Rhyl as having the highest unmet need for social housing in the county. The requirement for smaller accessible homes to meet the needs of an ageing population is particularly strong in Rhyl and will grow further as existing provision needs improvement or replacement.

"The current supply of this type of accommodation in the town is very limited. The redevelopment of the offices at Llys Anwyl would help towards satisfying this requirement through the provision by the local authority of 12 affordable homes for social rent for tenants aged 55 or over.

"The authority has identified the property as having potential for redevelopment as residential accommodation and has undertaken technical analysis of the building to determine its suitability, including structural, energy, acoustic and fire assessments that have confirmed that the property is suitable for conversion.

"The most significant alteration to the existing building is the proposed demolition of the two storey portion of the building that extends into the car park to the rear. This is to allow the subdivision of the remaining building into apartments that are not of excessively deep plan so that they can be adequately lit by natural light from existing and new window openings.

"It also enables the opening up of the space to the rear of the building to allow more natural light and the creation of a new amenity area."

The document says there is a significant proportion of households, in the ward, who are eligible for social housing and a high number of applicants for social housing in the town are seeking one bedroom flats or what would previously be regarded as “sheltered” homes suited to over 55s.

The statement adds: "With the number of new homes being completed in the town falling below expectations in the plan and an unmet need for smaller social rented homes suited to older residents.

"The proposed conversion of Llys Anwyl to provide this type of accommodation in the Rhyl East ward represents an excellent opportunity to contribute towards addressing these needs."

A spokesperson from Denbighshire County Council said: "Tenders will be invited shortly from contractors for carrying out the conversion works."

There will be no children residing in the development.

Work on the development has to begin before January 6 2026.