Fylde firm praised in surveyor awards

Esplanade Llandudno which is run by Safehands Holidays of Fylde

Esplanade Llandudno which is run by Safehands Holidays of Fylde

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A Fylde specialist holiday firm has won high praise in a national competition for its renovation of an iconic seaside hotel.

Safehands Holidays, part of Fylde entrepreneur Simon Rigby’s stable of companies, was pipped to the post at the prestigious Royal Chartered Institute of Surveyors awards in Cardiff.

The Esplanade Hotel in Llandudno was shortlisted for two categories, Renovation and Tourism and Leisure.

The Esplanade is a Grade two listed building, which has been restored, refurbished and remodelled to provide holiday accommodation, catering specifically for disabled people, their carers and families.

Safehands worked with Kirkham architect’s Croft Goode to make the hotel ideal for its customers. It was the second such hotel opened by Safehands following the New Mayfair in Blackpool, the UK’s first fully accessible hotel.

Paul Manning, managing director of Safehands, said: “This was a challenging project for everyone concerned.

“We have succeeded in attaining a high standard of accommodation, whilst preserving it’s history and character.

“We were delighted that the project was highly commended by the judges in the tourism and leisure category, coming second only to the overall winner of the awards.

“Our architects, Croft Goode worked alongside our building team, Green Generation Builders, and helped us all to understand the challenges and recognise the true potential of the building.”