Practice to create new civic hub for town at dilapidated market site
Shedkm has been appointed as main architect for the transformation of a dilapidated indoor market in the north Wales seaside town of Rhyl.
The scheme, for client Ion Development, will turn the 9,000sq m Queens Market site into a new civic hub for the town that includes new homes, a replacement market, food and drink sales, and an arts and crafts offer.
“Our vision is to create a new and contemporary market complementing the ongoing regeneration of Rhyl Waterfront,” the developer said.
Ion is working with Denbeighshire County Council on a wider scheme to transform Rhyl town centre.
The redevelopment of the Queens Buildings is being backed by a £2.5m grant from the Welsh Government to allow the county council to acquire the site.
Julie James, Wales’ minister for housing and local government, said the site covered a significant part of the centre of Rhyl – making its redevelopment a “fantastic opportunity” to attract business and investment into the town.
“I am keen for this investment to breathe new life into the centre of town, so that once again people are attracted back to spend money and time here,” she said.
“Denbighshire council is keen to develop the site, to create space for new retail units, renovate the car parking space and to build an exciting new event space for the public. I look forward to seeing the development take shape and come to benefit the town.”