Hinterland police station to be transformed into a hotel

FORMER Council offices on Marine Terrace could be transformed into a four-star hotel and spa, according to plans submitted to the Council.

Alex Jane Tanton

Alex Jane Tanton

The Grade II listed building was sold at auction last year for £530,000 to property firm Hawkstones Ltd., who bought the building for nearly half the asking price.

As a building it has had a long and busy life, with it starting out as the Queen’s Hotel in 1866 before being used in the Second World War as a local Royal Air Force base and accommodation unit. Shortly after the Council bought it and used it for 60 years for a multitude of things, including: a dentistry, an emergency evacuation hospital, police station, an Aberystwyth University lecture theatre, and county archives.

The local magistrates’ later moved in and began using the old hotel ballroom as the main court. It has been empty since 2012, and cost the Council £22, 461 in maintenance during the 2013/2014 financial year. It was then put up for auction in London following a lack of interest from local buyers.

The plans could see the building turned into a 30-bed hotel with 39 apartments at a cost of around £7.5m, following developers identifying “a gap in the market for a four-star hotel and spa in Aberystwyth”.

Hotel Consultants Christie & Co. estimate that 50-75 jobs would be created locally. The cost of renovating the building will be £5m, and is to be funded by the creation of residential flats. The consultants have highlighted that local sub-contractors will be “invited to tender for the building work associated with the project where possible.”

The building has recently found new life as the police station in the last two seasons of Y Gwyll/Hinterland, but the building being sold may not affect its use as the police station for the TV show.

A spokesman for agents Hawkstone Limited said:

“The new owners are keen to accommodate the film company’s requirements as far as possible, as part of a broader strategy to market both the building and its locality. “