Transforming the Queen's Buildings into a vibrant community asset

The Queen’s Market has been the centrepiece to the town of Rhyl since 1902. Providing a variety of uses, from indoor skating rink, theatre performances and retail opportunities, the building has a sentimental status which is to be enhanced through the redevelopment of the site.

In March 2019, Denbighshire County Council acquired a number of adjacent buildings in Rhyl town centre fronting onto the seafront promenade, known collectively as Queen’s Buildings.

The buildings once known as the Savoy Hotel were in a dilapidated state, with no active uses on upper floors (the seafront buildings are four stories) and significant void levels on the ground floor.

We have developed ambitious plans for the mixed use redevelopment of the site. The redevelopment will not only remove a significant eyesore, but it will also act as a key connector providing better access and movement between the waterfront and the town centre. It has been described as a key catalyst of the regeneration and future economic success of Rhyl town centre.

  • Phase 1: Development of an indoor market hall and flexible event space, with associated external landscaping (further details of phase 1 attached in appendix 2)
  • Phase 2a: Development of a 5 storey office building on Queen Street
  • Phase 2b: Development of a 5 storey commercial/residential building on West parade
  • Phase 3: Development of a further 5 storey commercial/residential building on West Parade (subject to additional property acquisition)

The key elements of the first phase of the project are:

  • The development of an indoor market hall to accommodate 6 hot food kiosks, 10 permanent market stalls and 6 additional temporary market stalls, and seating for up to 200 people dining;
  • The development of a flexible space which could accommodate a range of events including speciality markets, exhibitions, music, theatrical and film performances;
  • Toilets and a bar area which will serve both the above spaces, resulting in a building (including the market hall and event space detailed above) providing a footprint for this phase of the development of 1,450 metres squared (with the mezzanine level, a total of just under 2,000 metres squared);
  • Installation of a drainage attenuation tank which is a critical piece of infrastructure required by Welsh Water to ensure that the existing drainage network is not overrun in a storm event by surface water emanating from the development. The attenuation tank will serve both phase 1 and later phases, but can only be installed as part of phase 1 to avoid unnecessary ground disturbance and significant additional costs in later phases;
  • The creation of 1,765 metres squared of external market / event space to the west of the building and the important connection through to West Parade seafront;
  • The creation of 2,564 metres squared of temporary landscaping where buildings have been demolished, prior to future development;
  • The retention of the existing 20 (18 + 2 disabled) space council car park.
Queen's buildings: Project milestones
MilestoneCompleted / Forecast
Acquisition of Queen's buildings March 2019
Refurbishment of Underground car park April 2019
Submit Prior Approval Notice for demolition August 2020
Cabinet Briefing September 2020
Strategic Investment Group September 2020
Rhyl Members update September 2020
Cabinet September 2020
Asset Management Group September 2020
Secure consent for demolition September 2020
Commence Pre-Planning Application process/consultation September 2020
Submit planning application November 2020
Commence demolition and asbestos removal December 2020
Secure planning consent February 2021
Commence main contractor selection process January 2021
Complete demolition May 2021
Appoint main contractor for construction June 2021
Start Phase 1 construction July 2021
Complete Phase 1 construction July 2022
Complete fit out and operational testing July / August 2022
Market Hall/Event Space open for business August 2022