Building Name

The Pavilion, Foreshore, Rhyl

1907 - 1908
Clywd, Wales
Rhyl Urban District Council
New Build
C. Griffiths, of Lye, Stourbridge.

RHYL - The foundation stone of the new pavilion and marine gardens at Rhyl was laid on Friday. The whole scheme will cost £14,000 and has been devised and started within six months. The marine gardens - the first on the North wales coast - will be ready for the season and the pavilion will be opened early in August. The architects are Messrs Maxwell & Tuke and Mr F Bennett Smith of Manchester, whose designs were selected in competition. [Building News 3 April 1908 Page 485]

PAVILION, RHYL - The new pavilion at Rhyl was opened on the 30th ult. The building has a main frontage of 112 ft., and a depth of 119 ft., and has cost about £9,000. It forms part of a scheme for the improvement of the Rhyl front. The centre portion of the ground floor area is taken up by the hall. 90 feet wide and 60 feet from front to back. On the first floor in the centre of the pavilion is a large gallery capable of seating 500 persons, and a refreshment-room opening on to a balcony at the front. The roof round the centre octagonal dome, which rises to a height of 70 feet, and is 60 feet in diameter, and which is of ferro-concrete, has been formed as a roof-garden. An important feature is the ferro-concrete work. The whole of the gallery, columns, and domes, also the flat roof gardens, have been executed in ferro-concrete on the patented indented-bar system. The pavilion will hold, 2.000 persona. The work has been carried out from the designs of and under the superintendence of the joint architects, Messrs. Maxwell & Tuke and Mr. F. Bennett Smith, of Manchester, whose designs were selected in a limited competition of six architects. The chief contractor was Mr. C. Griffiths, of Lye, Stourbridge. [Builder 22 August 1908 page 215]

Foundation    March 1908
Opening        30 July 1908

Reference    British Architect 15 December 1907 Page 416 with notes
Reference    Manchester Guardian Monday 13 January 1908 Page 1 Column 4 (contracts)
Reference    Building News 17 January 1908 Page xiv
Reference    Building News 3 April 1908 Page 485 – foundation stone
Reference    Builder 22 August 1908 page 215 opening