The Moorings: Redeveloping Deganwy Castle

 Deganwy Castle Hotel- Deganwy, Conwy

A £2 million project to create a boutique hotel together with 26 apartments in Deganwy, Conwy is currently under development.

The Deganwy Castle Hotel project comprises the conversion of an existing Grade II Listed hotel into a ten apartments together with a boutique hotel and the construction of a new 16-apartment building. Once work is complete on the project the two buildings will be collectively known as The Moorings.

Work began on the project in July 2012 and is currently scheduled to reach completion in January 2014. Coastal Homes is the developer on the project, with Roundhouse Contracting as the main contractor and Colwyn Bay-based practice Bowen Dann Knox as the architect.

As main contractors on the project, Roundhouse Contracting is overseeing all of the onsite work from demolition right through to completion. The company has a good, long lasting relationship with Coastal Homes’ Construction Director Steve Ratcliffe, having previously worked with Steve on a housing scheme on the west shore.

 Deganwy Castle Hotel- Deganwy, Conwy

Commenting on the project, Coastal Homes Construction Director, Steve Ratcliffe, said:

“The Deganwy Castle Hotel is an important listed building in a unique setting in Deganwy. Since its Victorian heyday, it has been a focal point of the community and a landmark tourist destination. We are confident that the new development will re-establish the hotel’s role as an important part of Deganwy for years to come.”

James Cowell, Roundhouse Contracting, added:

“We value our working relationship with Steve and we are pleased to be the main contractor on this project. We always strive to produce the best work possible and knowing that we are helping to enhance the local area with this development is great.”

The Moorings is a magnificent development and includes two very different styles of apartments split between the East Wing and the West Wing. The East Wing is set within the original Grade II Listed building and comprises ten apartments, whilst the West Wing is a more contemporary building and houses the remaining 16 apartments.

 Deganwy Castle Hotel- Deganwy, Conwy

The East Wing is being constructed from block, with rendered elevations and includes aluminium windows and doors, along with a flat roof.

The East Wing includes a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, with many benefitting from breathtaking views of Conway Castle across the estuary. Meanwhile the West Wing comprises a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments offering views of the beach and Conwy.

All of the apartments are spacious and will include an extensive array of fixtures and fittings, including integrated freezers and dishwashers, chrome heated towel rails and stainless steel ovens. All bathrooms are being half-tiled as standard and will be finished with the latest high quality white designer suites.

The apartments will include ample electrical sockets and switches – along with TV and phone points in the lounge and master bedrooms – and all apartments will be pre-wired for Sky+.

 Deganwy Castle Hotel- Deganwy, Conwy

A gas central heating system will be installed into each apartment, along with smoke detectors, security alarms and a camera entry system. Most upper floor apartments will include either a Juliet or walk on balcony and the West Wing will include many of the building’s original features.

As part of the project the site’s existing grounds will be maintained and re-landscaped. Allocated car parking will also be available on the site.

Steve Ratcliffe, said:

“Work is currently on programme and at present we are conducting second fixing works in the West Wing, including plastering. Once work is complete on the project the site will provide a fantastic boost for the locality and we have already received a lot of positive comments from residents who live and work close to the hotel.”

The Moorings is situated close to the banks of the River Conwy in North Wales and benefits from close proximity to many local amenities, including village shops, a railway station and three golf courses.

Planning and development consultancy Hourigan Connolly led negotiations with the local council and stake holders during the initial stages of the project.

Commenting on the project, Hourigan Connolly Director, Daniel Connolly, said:

“The scheme will secure the long term future of a statuary listed building in a sympathetic manner, whilst making an important contribution to regeneration, housing, economic and community priorities.”

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