An innovative £2.4m project which is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK will put Denbighshire firmly on the tourist map and support the wellbeing of people throughout the county.

Work started on Monday, 27 November to improve and futureproof the historic stone built former Buttermarket building which will be completed and ready to move into by this time next year.

The project, which will be known as the Buttermarket Culture, Heritage and Wellbeing Centre, has received £1.4 million from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund which was awarded to Vale of Clwyd Mind by Denbighshire County Council. The project has been matched funded from a range of other sources.

The building, which is owned by Vale of Clwyd Mind (VOCM), will also be a new home for the Denbighshire Museum and Archive. The project will replicate for rural areas the VOCM wellbeing services currently provided in Rhyl for coastal areas of the county and provide café facilities for visitors, tourists, and the general public alongside access to the museum.

The building, originally used as the town’s Buttermarket, was built in 1845/7. It was part of a larger Borough complex which served as a covered market for the sale of butter and cheese, with a large assembly room above. It has also been used as a brewery before being taken over by Llandrillo College when more modern features were added. It is now owned by Vale of Clwyd Mind.

This is a listed building of special interest as the sole surviving fragment of an important piece of early Victorian civic architecture.

CEO of Vale of Clwyd Mind, Paul Moore said: ‘This has been a major undertaking and is the beginning of a long-held dream – that we would be able to serve the holistic mental health and wellbeing needs of everyone, wherever they are based in Denbighshire. 

‘This is a historic building, so it is a bonus that we are inviting Denbighshire Museum and Archive and other organisations to share our premises. The aim is to attract visitors to Denbigh to experience its history and provide a range of holistic wellbeing services -which we believe has never been done before.’

While work takes place on the building, Vale of Clwyd Mind will be working on plans for other related / innovative services which will be announced later.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda and will provide £2.6billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK, investing in communities and place, supporting local business and people and skills.

For more information

visit: https://www.gov.uk/…/uk.sharedprosperity-fund-prospectus.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON ANY ASPECT OF THE PROJECT PLEASE CONTACT:

Paul Moore at Vale of Clwyd Mind on 01745 336787