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Promenade revamp wins top award

The Drift Park development
The Drift Park development has transformed Rhyl promenade

A development which has transformed part of a seaside promenade has scooped a top award.

Drift Park in Rhyl beat competition from other parts of Britain to win the Civic Trust's hard landscaping prize.

The £3.8m play area was funded by the European Union, Denbighshire council and the former Welsh Development Agency.

The council was also commended at the ceremony in London for its restoration project on Nant Clwyd House in Ruthin.

Rhyl's Coliseum Theatre was demolished to make way for the Drift Park project, which covers seven acres (2.8 hectares).

The land was developed into a natural garden, children's playground, a water play area, open theatre and a mini golf attraction.

The Civic Trust said it was "very impressed" by the development.

'Most deprived'

It is a charity "dedicated to bringing vitality and high quality design to the built environment".

The competition's judges, who included comedian Griff Rhys Jones, who is the trust's president, said: "Previously run down and dominated by a patchwork of tarmac, Rhyl's West Promenade has been transformed by this scheme.

"The improvement to the seafront encourages links to the town centre and provides a fresh environment to attract residents and visitors.

"The scheme has acted as a catalyst for the redevelopment of the area, which is one of the most deprived.

"The overall design detail is strong and the scheme has transformed the experience of walking along the sea front."

Denbighshire council also picked up a commendation for its project to restore Grade I-listed Nant Clwyd House at Ruthin, Wales' oldest timber framed town house.

The judges called it a "thoughtful and high quality restoration project which ensures that the building continues to play a part in the lives of the community".

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