| Plans to turn a former school in Aberystwyth into a £3m leisure quarter have been approved. |
Marketed by Cooke & Arkwright the scheme has already signed up Pizza Express and Loungers
The 14,000 sq. ft. scheme for the grade II listed Yr Hen Ysgol Gymraeg ( Old Welsh School) will offer space for up to six different restaurant, leisure and retail operators in units ranging in size from 1,000 to 3,000 sq ft.
The units will form part of a courtyard-style development with a tree-lined walk through leading from the train station side to Park Avenue, which fronts onto the new Tesco and Marks & Spencer development.
As the majority of the building is listed, the owner will be working closely with the local planning authority and Cadw (the Welsh Government’s historic environment service) on the scheme.
Cooke & Arkwright has been appointed as commercial property agents to let the scheme. Huw Thomas, director with Cooke & Arkwright said: “Aberystwyth is a lively coastal university town and a popular tourist destination. The aim is for Yr Hen Ysgol Gymraeg to become Aberystwyth’s leisure destination for both the local community and seasonal visitors.
“We’re delighted to have secured terms with both Pizza Express and Loungers and we are now looking to seek interest from other suitable occupiers whose uses will complement and sit alongside the Pizza Express and Loungers trade, with the aim being that the development will be opening in mid 2017.
“The new leisure quarter will be located around a two minute walk from the town’s main retailing street, Great Darkgate Street, which puts it in a prominent position for the town’s 19,000 residents, 14,000 resident students, and the many people from the surrounding areas who travel to A Aberystwyth as their nearest shopping destination.
Our aim here is that the development of Yr Hen Ysgol Gymraeg will attract more people into the town centre and to shop locally.”
Will Lloyd Davies from Arbenigol Property Development Consultants, said: “We liaised extensively with both Cadw and the planning authority throughout the planning application and are very pleased with the result which allows the opportunity of breathing new life into Yr Hen Ysgol.
” We are very pleased that both Cadw and the local authority have taken a practical approach by allowing subtle changes to the building in order for it to suit modern commercial requirements and therefore preserving this beautiful historic building for future generations to enjoy”.