RECO Build has started work on a £3.5 million refurbishment of a derelict Victorian hotel in a conservation area in Wales’ largest tourist resort, marking one of the most exciting projects ever for the dynamic national construction company.
The Colne-based builders will revamp all six storeys at the former Clarence Hotel in Llandudno in Conwy, North Wales, and also extend the property at the rear to create a 83-room Travelodge for the leading UK hotel chain.
“We are going to bring the Clarence back to its Victorian splendour,” said RECO Build Managing Director Nick Richardson. “Many of the building’s original features will be retained because it is in a conservation area.”
In the 45-week construction programme, RECO Build will create a new ground floor reception area and two retail units that could be restaurants or convenience stores and are available to let.
The Clarence closed down in November 2009 because of major structural problems. The future of the building was in doubt, although Conwy Council has always wanted it to remain a hotel because it sits in a primary holiday accommodation zone.
Plans are to re-establish the hotel’s patent glazing and ornate wrought iron work on its Victorian front veranda and also to refurbish all its sash windows so the hotel is ready to be handed over to Travelodge in early spring next year.
It is RECO Build’s first foray into Llandudno, a charming Edwardian and Victorian deckchair-lined seaside resort.
RECO Build plans to start work soon on the £3 million regeneration of an iconic landmark site in the heart of Blackpool City centre that will bring back former glory days for Lancashire’s premier seaside resort in time for its world-famous and jaw-dropping illuminations next year.
The national construction company based in Colne will revamp the site of the burnt-down and now-demolished former Yates’s Wine Lodge which sits across from Blackpool Town Hall, the North Pier and also the seafront promenade, or “prom” as it is better known, where a revived tram system has just been launched.
RECO Build won the contract to design and build a 26,000 sq ft leisure and retail project on the conservation area site over the road from Talbot Square. Tenants lined up are the New York-style restaurant-bar T.G.I. Friday’s; Cosmo, the Pan Asian banquet chain; and supermarket giant Tesco.
The design of the new three-storey iconic building on Clifton Street is in a modern art-deco style that reflects the heritage of the former site and includes a clock in an ornate white stone tower and a featured balcony of wrought iron.
“This is an exciting job for RECO Build as the history behind the landmark and the prominence of the site boosts our profile and takes us closer to our goal of becoming a major player in the national construction industry,” said RECO Build Managing Director Nick Richardson.
Plans are for an August start to the 40-week rebuild of the site of the ex Yates’s Wine Lodge where millions sipped ale and cream sherries in the last century when Blackpool was in its heyday as a vacation seaside resort.
That timeframe means the tasty restaurants and handily-located retail businesses on the new icon site should be up and running for the traditional Blackpool illuminations in the autumn of 2014. The illuminations switching on ceremony takes place in Talbot Square.
RECO Build will start this month a £500,000 conversion of a 1837 listed bank building in the heart of Sheffield City centre that will keep its historic façade of stone columns and also its unique dome in a high ceiling that is topped with a circular skylight.
The national construction company plans to create two units from the former HSBC Bank Building that was previously the head office of the Sheffield and Hallamshire Bank. The ground floor will be an in-keeping Tesco store and the other floor as permission for leisure use and could be a restaurant.
“It is like converting the Pantheon in Rome, which also has entrance columns and a magnificent dome, although this has a S1 postcode,” said RECO Build Managing Director Nick Richardson.
The former bank is among a clutch of historic buildings on Church Street in Sheffield centre (S1 is the postcode) including Cutler’s Hall, home of the Cutlers’ Company that was set up in 1624, seeking to set and maintain standards of Sheffield cutlery.
RECO Build also plans to retain some of the bank’s interior featured wood panelling and plaster work to be sympathetic to its former use and heritage.
RECO Build completed on time and on budget the £350,000 redevelopment of a former pub at Heywood in Lancashire to create a Tesco Express store for the leading UK retailer.
The national construction company first demolished the fire-damaged, red-brick Stonemasons Arms pub in Heywood, near Oldham, and then created a purpose-build store for Tesco on the site with first-floor, back-of-house offices.
RECO Build managed to overcome difficult access to the store site and also found space for parking at the side.
RECO Build will this summer complete a third round of structural repairs to Bury’s Elton High School, the latest batch of public works now totalling more than £300,000 to be awarded to the national construction company.
Re-roofing the leaky sports hall will be included in the latest phase of repairs to the school, built after the end of World War II and now specialising in arts, mathematics and computing, showing RECO Build’s ability to work with public authorities.
“All the work will be done outside term time in the school holidays this summer,” said RECO Build Managing Director Nick Richardson. “That’s because of health and safety concerns in a school normally full of children.”
RECO Build delivered on time the £500,000 redevelopment of a disused Rotherham pub, showing its skills to comply with requirements in a conservation area and to exceed client expectations.
The national construction company took on the challenge of revamping the Belvedere pub and, within six months, including a new two-storey extension, turned the red-brick building into a Tesco Express and Vets4Pets franchise.
“The existing pub was disused and had become dilapidated in recession,” said RECO Build Managing Director Nick Richardson. “So we kept the external design in-keeping with the conservation area status and made major internal structural alterations to make it open plan for Tesco.”
RECO Build is only weeks away from finishing a £400,000 regeneration project of a brown field site in a conservation area in Liverpool that will make way for an in-keeping Tesco outlet by the U.K.’s leading retailer and a William Hill betting shop.
The national construction company is building two units in featured stone with a natural slate roof in the village of West Derby, Liverpool. The leafy village is a conservation area and was mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book. The site was an unused plot of rubble and overgrown shrubs.
Colne-based RECO Build is gaining a solid reputation taking on construction works in conservation areas and with listed buildings, always adhering to council planners’ requirements and local residents’ concerns.
RECO Build recently finished the conversion of a rundown pub in Rotherham that was also in a conservation area, turning the former bar into a Tesco Express store.
“Whilst it is a modern building, the two storey front elevation is in keeping with the surrounding area,” said RECO Build Managing Director Nick Richardson. “It is being built with a mindful eye on the conservation area status.”
RECO Build showed its fast-track fit out skills in a £200,000 coffee shop at the heart of Manchester’s student area, even designing the outside seating on the Oxford Road site.
The national construction company blitzed the former bar in December 2012 and in two months handed over the site to the coffee chain Pao Pao, a phrase which has its origins in Brazil, the world’s top coffee producer which loosely means “daily dose”.
“It was basically a fit out of a glass box and is a project that demonstrates RECO Build’s ability to do fast-track fit outs, even in mid-winter, and to tight timescales,” said Managing Director Nick Richardson. “We also designed the seating at the front of the property, permanent modern steel and wood bench furniture that does not need storing.”
RECO Build delivered a £600,000 four-unit retail parade on time and on budget in the 2,000-year-old Roman city of Chester, marking the company’s first major project and setting out its stall as a national construction industry player.
Supermarket giant Tesco, kids charity Barnardo’s and a traditional fish and chip shop were among the retailers making home in the Weston Grove site where RECO Build started the project by demolishing an old M.O.T. garage in June 2011.
Just 20 weeks later the units were completed alongside additional car parking, new drainage, access roads and footpaths.
“It was the first major project for us,” said Managing Director Nick Richardson. “Tesco was very pleased with the quality of the work and the professionalism we showed during the project and, in essence, this cemented the relationship between us.”
RECO Build completed a £350,000 state-of-the-art office fit out of a shell unit on King Street in Lancaster to a fast-track programme that was delivered on time.
The works, for web designers Fat Media and Access Plan It, providers of course management software solutions, involved a full array of finishes and installations, including network data cabling and access flooring.
RECO Build worked closely with an interior designer’s brief for the fit out and completed the job to a very high standard. It showed the national construction company, more often redeveloping hotels, historic banks and run down pubs, has the manpower and capacity to tackle a wide array of building works, always looking to exceed client expectations.