AM and Minister call time on The Bee and Station

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones has been joined by Jane Hutt, the Welsh Labour Government’s Finance Minister, on a visit to the £1.2m regeneration project at the former Bee and Station hotel in Rhyl.

The Bee and Station hotel, opposite Rhyl railway station, was boarded up and derelict for a decade has been turned into an office block which will be able to accommodate three small and medium sized enterprises and 27 employees.

The transformative project has been made possible with a Welsh Labour Government funding package including contributions from the North Wales Coast Regeneration Area programme and the European Regional Development Fund.

The successful revamp has included a full renovation of the main part of the building, partial demolition of the rear and a new three-storey extension.

Ann Jones said:

“The former eyesore, which was derelict for a decade, has been transformed giving people arriving in Rhyl by rail or bus a significantly better first impression.

“With the investment of around £3 million in the bus station and over £2.5 million in the planned transformation of the train station, I am very pleased that The Bee and Station has been brought back into use; providing local businesses with decent quality premises.”

The Minister said:

“The Bee and Station Hotel is an important building in Rhyl’s history and is well-located next to the Railway Station. This project is not only refurbishing this historical building, improving the aspect of the town centre, but it will also contribute towards the revitalising and regeneration of the town by providing the opportunity for small businesses to base themselves right in the heart of Rhyl.

“I’m delighted that application of Welsh procurement policy has opened up this contract opportunity for our local businesses. It is also helping deliver benefits through the construction process with local company Wynne Construction taking the lead providing opportunities for local employees and sub-contractors.

“This project is an example of how investment can provide benefits for the community every step of the way from construction to the end result.”