Matthew Jones Architects have recently been commissioned as architects for the redevelopment of the former Bangor Post Office. The listed building which houses the Embassy nightclub on Deiniol Road, Bangor, closed last year and the building currently lies empty.
The grade two listed structure originally operated as a post office but plans have now been submitted to convert the building into a mixed use building to include 29 student flats on the upper floors and a cafe/restaurant on the ground floor. Plans for the city centre site have been drawn up and submitted for planning.
Matt Jones, Director from Matthew Jones Architects said:
“a building of this age and type without a ‘sustainable beneficial use’ would quickly deteriorate and be under threat”
If the plans are given the go-ahead, the single-storey buildings at the back of the building will be demolished to make way for a new five-storey contemporary building providing further 151 student flats, set around a private courtyard, creating a total of 180 flats.
Mr Jones said: “Our exciting proposals for the redevelopment of the old post office will introduce an appropriate beneficial use which will ensure its survival for the foreseeable future.
“Our proposals will fully renovate this important listed building ensuring its continued positive impact within Bangor.
“The proposal is a well thought out scheme that integrates a new build suitable building alongside the listed building, that has been sensitively designed for the site and its context.
“The proposals will provide much needed sustainable use in the form of high quality student accommodation in a suitable and sustainable location adjacent the university campus in commercial area of the city centre.
“It would assist in easing pressure on the local housing market by reducing demand for the use of dwellings as student housing and make a positive contribution, in terms of its accessibility and design, to the local area.”
The former post office building, which dates back to 1909, closed as a post office in 2008 and lay empty until the Embassy nightclub opened in 2011, but the venture did not work out as well as planned and it closed last year.
A number of other attempts to use part of the building for a nightclub and a dental surgery have also been unsuccessful.