Hinterland building gets auctioned for £530k

THE PROMINENT seafront building which has been used as a set for the popular BBC drama Hinterland has been auctioned today [18th September] for £530,000. The building, called Swyddfa’r Sir, is a Grade II listed building on Marine Terrace.

Earlier this month, the guide price for the auction was set at £250,000.

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The Queen’s Hotel, circa 1880, taken by Francis Bedford (1816 – 1894). From the collection of the National Media Museum

The building first opened in 1866 as the Queen’s Hotel. More recently, it was used as council offices for nearly 60 years and as Aberystwyth’s magistrate. The council offices moved in 2009 to their new premises Canolfan Rheidol.

It has since been partly used as a dental surgery, university lecture theatre and register office. The building ceased being the towns’ Magistrate Court in 2012 and the building was put up for sale in autumn 2013 for £1m, but failed to find a buyer.

The makers behind Hinterland, Fiction Factory, used the building in 2013 as a both a production office and set. The production company have subsequently asked for permission to use the building again for the second season.

Hinterland producer Gethin Scourfield has described it as “a fantastic looking location right on the prom… a very commanding building”.

The estate agents have indicated that there is possibility for redevelopment and the option to buy the land around the building at a price of £450,000.

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Swyddfa’r Sir