Building Starts on £6m Penarth Seafront Beachcliff Site
Work to transform an iconic slice of South Wales seafront into a £6m development has finally got off the ground. The renovation of Penarth’s Edwardian Beachcliff into a set of pristine £1.4m homes was first approved by the Vale of Glamorgan Council in 2007. Since the historic waterfront building was demolished in February 2011 – leaving behind only the pair of landmark towers – progress has been slow. But builders have now begun transforming the rubble and earth into an imposing row of million pound townhouses.
The project will recreate the iconic aspects of the Edwardian property but boast four luxury seafront homes with stunning views across the Bristol Channel. The ground floor of the property will be kitted out with a wine bar, cafe and a 95-seater fine dining restaurant headed by a Michelin-starred chef.
Architect Frederick Speed designed this much-loved, iconic landmark in 1904 at the height of Penarth's late Victorian heyday. It was originally built to house private hotels and eateries to cater for the influx of discerning visitors using the newly opened railway service to Penarth. The Rabaiotti family took over Beachcliff in the 1950's and operated Italian restaurants and cafes until the building was sold at the turn of this century. Its future was in doubt until property developer Richard Hayward bought it in 2007.Richard Hayward said “The start of construction has been a long time coming. Our team has worked tirelessly to overcome the various issues we have encountered and it is great to see the building start to come out of the ground. Weather permitting we should now have an uninterrupted construction period, which will see the building completed later this year.”
The exclusive £6m homes were designed by Cardiff-based John Wotton Architects and with only two houses still available, Mr Hayward hopes the Penarth Esplanade properties will become “one of the most prestigious addresses in South Wales”.