Newport city centre properties to get revamp

South Wales Argus: The former Yates building, High Street, Newport (4917678) The former Yates building, High Street, Newport (4917678)

A RAFT of projects to revamp city centre properties and make them suitable for housing has been revealed by Newport council.

Newport is one of 11 authorities which were successful in bidding for the £100 million Welsh Government Vibrant and Viable Places regeneration scheme – with the council granted close to £15 million.

The three-year-long regeneration project includes a raft of property and training-based schemes, with a big focus on bringing many of the city centre’s neglected upper floors back into use.

It’s all part of the council’s vision to make the district a place to live and work as well as shop, working alongside private developers and social landlords.

Not all the projects are residential, however, and plans to create space for business start-ups are also in the offing.

One of the projects set to benefit from V&VP grant cash is a scheme to transform the Grade II listed former Yates Wine Lodge on High Street into a 60-bedroom Premier Inn Hotel, where work has already started.

It had been hoped that it would be suitable for another Welsh Government grant, but strategic director of place Sheila Davies said the grant criteria changed before it could be taken up by the developer.

There are proposals for the facade of Park Square car park and neighbouring two shops to be revamped, with five flats created above the foyer entrance.

One project would see improvements to first floor properties in the Newport Market building, while the council plans to provide up to 24 homes in Lower Dock Street.

Plans to renovate a derelict listed building on Cardiff Road near the Royal Gwent Hospital with 15 apartments are also part of the scheme.

In the second year, the council plans for two or three large derelict buildings to be renovated at the north of Commercial Street, creating 93 homes.

This includes 40 flats on the upper floors of a building on the corner of High Street and Skinner Street.

Newport Council Labour leader Bob Bright said: “They are Victorian buildings in the main. People just didn’t want to live in them. They have great potential to make good living space.”

Ms Davies said: “We wanted to make Newport more of a European-style city, where instead of the traditional ‘that piece of land is for employment, that piece of land is for retail’, we’re doing it in layers up.”

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7:27am Fri 28 Mar 14

cymruambyth says...

Great to hear that the architectural gems mentioned can be renovated and put to good use. Preserving and emphasising the Victorian character reflected by many of the buildings in and around the City must be given priority over leaving the properties to rot before they are eventually knocked down and replaced with sterile, concrete eyesores. Newport has its fair share of those already. So, Mr Bright, I agree with you, these buildings have great potential, now let's see if you can make it happen!
Great to hear that the architectural gems mentioned can be renovated and put to good use. Preserving and emphasising the Victorian character reflected by many of the buildings in and around the City must be given priority over leaving the properties to rot before they are eventually knocked down and replaced with sterile, concrete eyesores. Newport has its fair share of those already. So, Mr Bright, I agree with you, these buildings have great potential, now let's see if you can make it happen! cymruambyth
  • Score: 46

8:05am Fri 28 Mar 14

Mike Roland says...

cymruambyth wrote:
Great to hear that the architectural gems mentioned can be renovated and put to good use. Preserving and emphasising the Victorian character reflected by many of the buildings in and around the City must be given priority over leaving the properties to rot before they are eventually knocked down and replaced with sterile, concrete eyesores. Newport has its fair share of those already. So, Mr Bright, I agree with you, these buildings have great potential, now let's see if you can make it happen!
Good post! Such projects will hopefully help restore some pride in Newport. Wonder how many doom and gloom merchants will be posting here though?
[quote][p][bold]cymruambyth[/bold] wrote: Great to hear that the architectural gems mentioned can be renovated and put to good use. Preserving and emphasising the Victorian character reflected by many of the buildings in and around the City must be given priority over leaving the properties to rot before they are eventually knocked down and replaced with sterile, concrete eyesores. Newport has its fair share of those already. So, Mr Bright, I agree with you, these buildings have great potential, now let's see if you can make it happen![/p][/quote]Good post! Such projects will hopefully help restore some pride in Newport. Wonder how many doom and gloom merchants will be posting here though? Mike Roland
  • Score: 24

8:14am Fri 28 Mar 14

scraptheWAG says...

Mike Roland wrote:
cymruambyth wrote:
Great to hear that the architectural gems mentioned can be renovated and put to good use. Preserving and emphasising the Victorian character reflected by many of the buildings in and around the City must be given priority over leaving the properties to rot before they are eventually knocked down and replaced with sterile, concrete eyesores. Newport has its fair share of those already. So, Mr Bright, I agree with you, these buildings have great potential, now let's see if you can make it happen!
Good post! Such projects will hopefully help restore some pride in Newport. Wonder how many doom and gloom merchants will be posting here though?
I am gobsmacked the WAG are spending money outside of cardiff must be a typing mistake
[quote][p][bold]Mike Roland[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cymruambyth[/bold] wrote: Great to hear that the architectural gems mentioned can be renovated and put to good use. Preserving and emphasising the Victorian character reflected by many of the buildings in and around the City must be given priority over leaving the properties to rot before they are eventually knocked down and replaced with sterile, concrete eyesores. Newport has its fair share of those already. So, Mr Bright, I agree with you, these buildings have great potential, now let's see if you can make it happen![/p][/quote]Good post! Such projects will hopefully help restore some pride in Newport. Wonder how many doom and gloom merchants will be posting here though?[/p][/quote]I am gobsmacked the WAG are spending money outside of cardiff must be a typing mistake scraptheWAG
  • Score: 13

10:58am Fri 28 Mar 14

-trigg- says...

*through gritted teeth*

Bob...Bright....is..
..doing....something
...right

Man that was hard to say.
*through gritted teeth* Bob...Bright....is.. ..doing....something ...right Man that was hard to say. -trigg-
  • Score: 17

11:38am Fri 28 Mar 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

cymruambyth wrote:
Great to hear that the architectural gems mentioned can be renovated and put to good use. Preserving and emphasising the Victorian character reflected by many of the buildings in and around the City must be given priority over leaving the properties to rot before they are eventually knocked down and replaced with sterile, concrete eyesores. Newport has its fair share of those already. So, Mr Bright, I agree with you, these buildings have great potential, now let's see if you can make it happen!
Well said. Great news.
[quote][p][bold]cymruambyth[/bold] wrote: Great to hear that the architectural gems mentioned can be renovated and put to good use. Preserving and emphasising the Victorian character reflected by many of the buildings in and around the City must be given priority over leaving the properties to rot before they are eventually knocked down and replaced with sterile, concrete eyesores. Newport has its fair share of those already. So, Mr Bright, I agree with you, these buildings have great potential, now let's see if you can make it happen![/p][/quote]Well said. Great news. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 10

12:14pm Fri 28 Mar 14

sooty001 says...

cymruambyth wrote:
Great to hear that the architectural gems mentioned can be renovated and put to good use. Preserving and emphasising the Victorian character reflected by many of the buildings in and around the City must be given priority over leaving the properties to rot before they are eventually knocked down and replaced with sterile, concrete eyesores. Newport has its fair share of those already. So, Mr Bright, I agree with you, these buildings have great potential, now let's see if you can make it happen!
See not all doom and gloom,well written post.
[quote][p][bold]cymruambyth[/bold] wrote: Great to hear that the architectural gems mentioned can be renovated and put to good use. Preserving and emphasising the Victorian character reflected by many of the buildings in and around the City must be given priority over leaving the properties to rot before they are eventually knocked down and replaced with sterile, concrete eyesores. Newport has its fair share of those already. So, Mr Bright, I agree with you, these buildings have great potential, now let's see if you can make it happen![/p][/quote]See not all doom and gloom,well written post. sooty001
  • Score: 10

12:14pm Fri 28 Mar 14

blackandamber says...

Well we have built on every bit of industrial land we had, must be around 10000 houses built or are in the pipeline to be built in and around Newport. Question. Where are the jobs coming from to enable people to buy or rent these properties.
Well we have built on every bit of industrial land we had, must be around 10000 houses built or are in the pipeline to be built in and around Newport. Question. Where are the jobs coming from to enable people to buy or rent these properties. blackandamber
  • Score: -12

12:23pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Magor says...

blackandamber wrote:
Well we have built on every bit of industrial land we had, must be around 10000 houses built or are in the pipeline to be built in and around Newport. Question. Where are the jobs coming from to enable people to buy or rent these properties.
Not in Newport!
[quote][p][bold]blackandamber[/bold] wrote: Well we have built on every bit of industrial land we had, must be around 10000 houses built or are in the pipeline to be built in and around Newport. Question. Where are the jobs coming from to enable people to buy or rent these properties.[/p][/quote]Not in Newport! Magor
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11:39pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Mwy Eira says...

blackandamber wrote:
Well we have built on every bit of industrial land we had, must be around 10000 houses built or are in the pipeline to be built in and around Newport. Question. Where are the jobs coming from to enable people to buy or rent these properties.
Well the Premier Inn is a start. A drop in the ocean may be but it will provide jobs. Although I would rather they reopen the Kings. Lovely hotel left to rot.
[quote][p][bold]blackandamber[/bold] wrote: Well we have built on every bit of industrial land we had, must be around 10000 houses built or are in the pipeline to be built in and around Newport. Question. Where are the jobs coming from to enable people to buy or rent these properties.[/p][/quote]Well the Premier Inn is a start. A drop in the ocean may be but it will provide jobs. Although I would rather they reopen the Kings. Lovely hotel left to rot. Mwy Eira
  • Score: 2

11:43pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Mike0408 says...

I hope they do actually follow through with this, I also hope these plans include the the rundown property between the hospital and police station.
I hope they do actually follow through with this, I also hope these plans include the the rundown property between the hospital and police station. Mike0408
  • Score: 2

8:16am Sat 29 Mar 14

keithbob says...

Mike0408 wrote:
I hope they do actually follow through with this, I also hope these plans include the the rundown property between the hospital and police station.
why not knock it down and build a car park for staff only who have nowhere to park now the hospital ground is overloaded with traffic!.i have heard of operations cancelled as surgeons have been unable to park in the hospital grounds.
[quote][p][bold]Mike0408[/bold] wrote: I hope they do actually follow through with this, I also hope these plans include the the rundown property between the hospital and police station.[/p][/quote]why not knock it down and build a car park for staff only who have nowhere to park now the hospital ground is overloaded with traffic!.i have heard of operations cancelled as surgeons have been unable to park in the hospital grounds. keithbob
  • Score: 0

8:58am Sat 29 Mar 14

Bobevans says...

keithbob wrote:
Mike0408 wrote:
I hope they do actually follow through with this, I also hope these plans include the the rundown property between the hospital and police station.
why not knock it down and build a car park for staff only who have nowhere to park now the hospital ground is overloaded with traffic!.i have heard of operations cancelled as surgeons have been unable to park in the hospital grounds.
Simple answer to that reserve space for Doctors and Nurses and charge everyone else £5 to park on the main site with the two off site car parks remaining free. It would also eliminate most of the congestion on the Cardiff road caused by cars queuing up to get into the car park
[quote][p][bold]keithbob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mike0408[/bold] wrote: I hope they do actually follow through with this, I also hope these plans include the the rundown property between the hospital and police station.[/p][/quote]why not knock it down and build a car park for staff only who have nowhere to park now the hospital ground is overloaded with traffic!.i have heard of operations cancelled as surgeons have been unable to park in the hospital grounds.[/p][/quote]Simple answer to that reserve space for Doctors and Nurses and charge everyone else £5 to park on the main site with the two off site car parks remaining free. It would also eliminate most of the congestion on the Cardiff road caused by cars queuing up to get into the car park Bobevans
  • Score: 6

10:07am Sat 29 Mar 14

jerymp says...

Bobevans wrote:
keithbob wrote:
Mike0408 wrote:
I hope they do actually follow through with this, I also hope these plans include the the rundown property between the hospital and police station.
why not knock it down and build a car park for staff only who have nowhere to park now the hospital ground is overloaded with traffic!.i have heard of operations cancelled as surgeons have been unable to park in the hospital grounds.
Simple answer to that reserve space for Doctors and Nurses and charge everyone else £5 to park on the main site with the two off site car parks remaining free. It would also eliminate most of the congestion on the Cardiff road caused by cars queuing up to get into the car park
A good intelligent suggestion.
This is excellent news as Newport has some very good architecture which deserves to be saved. It,s a tragedy that so much of it was lost after WW2 but better late than never.
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keithbob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mike0408[/bold] wrote: I hope they do actually follow through with this, I also hope these plans include the the rundown property between the hospital and police station.[/p][/quote]why not knock it down and build a car park for staff only who have nowhere to park now the hospital ground is overloaded with traffic!.i have heard of operations cancelled as surgeons have been unable to park in the hospital grounds.[/p][/quote]Simple answer to that reserve space for Doctors and Nurses and charge everyone else £5 to park on the main site with the two off site car parks remaining free. It would also eliminate most of the congestion on the Cardiff road caused by cars queuing up to get into the car park[/p][/quote]A good intelligent suggestion. This is excellent news as Newport has some very good architecture which deserves to be saved. It,s a tragedy that so much of it was lost after WW2 but better late than never. jerymp
  • Score: 5

1:10pm Sat 29 Mar 14

cjwales1 says...

I havent commented for a while as was fed up with all the backbiting and bitchyness !!!!! Great to see some intelligent and constructive posts rather than the usual small mindedness that seems to flourish here !!!!

All in all a great idea, now the 'but', lets see if it actually happens ?????

CJ :)
I havent commented for a while as was fed up with all the backbiting and bitchyness !!!!! Great to see some intelligent and constructive posts rather than the usual small mindedness that seems to flourish here !!!! All in all a great idea, now the 'but', lets see if it actually happens ????? CJ :) cjwales1
  • Score: 1

6:39pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Paul F. McCourt says...

I am writing from New Zealand and and am Subscribed to the ARGUS and now get it in my InBox every day.
When "The Beefers" came out with their Xmas Video cover of "Fairytale in New York," Peet introduced them all and rather Proudly said, "Hello everyone! We're The Beef Seeds and this is Newport, Our City! Let us show you around!" And their Video clip opened with lovley views of Newports lovely old buildings. And they are, too!
I "boarded my Private Shuttle" (Giggle Maps) and took of for a look for myself and on arriving, found the "Shuttle" was too big to land, so I "Launched a Remote" to get down to Street Level (Cloaked of course) and what I saw shocked me! So many shops and other buildings with VACANT, TO LET and FOR SALE, etc. signs in their windows. It reminded me of our own town, Turangi.
We have LOTS of shops with TO LET signs in their windows, but, unlike Newport, Turangi was built in the 1960's to accommodate the Workers and their Families when the Tongariro Power Project was in full swing. Our house, this one I'm in now, we moved into in 1966.
Newport, like Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Napier,(Art Deco City) Oamaru (Famous for its lovely old Local Stone Buildings), and many other places, all have their lovley old buildings that have great character and are very well built.
It is a great shame to have such lovley old buildings go to waste by being left empty and negklected and left to the **** vandals to destroy and deface so developers can destroy them because they became eye sores.
KEEP your old buildings. They're YOUR Heritage and History. Sure they're old, but theyve got more character than alot of these damned modern buildings. I Wish I COULD have a Private Shuttle so I could REALLY have a look at your fine city, and drop in on my new mates. I'll be shouting them a few Steaks for Dinner. Just to keep things BEEFY. I "fly over" every now and then, exploring and getting to know the place and from what I've seen, it looks like a very nice place. Its just a pity most of the Inner City is Vacant!
SOMETHING NEEDS to be done to bring LIFE BACK to Newport! I have no idea what Newport is Famous for. I have never been there, but it does have a Proud History, that much I know. More needs to be done to make sure Newport regains its Pride and place in Wales. Something is needed to bring the People, Tourist, Visitors and Businesses BACK to the City. Entertainment, TV Studios, TV Productions, etc. The People are there, they just NEED something to DO.
Get together and make it happen. I know my mates are going "Great Guns" together this year and they've got something really EXCITING in the works. I can't wait to see their latest Project which is nearly ready for us to enjoy.
If THEY can do it, so can others! Look at Wellington, here in New Zealand. Thanks to SIR Peter Jackson and SIR Richard Taylor's WETA WORKSHOPS, we now have our very own "WELLYWOOD." And you know the rest. "Lorde of The Rings," "King Kong," "AVATAR," "TITANIC," "WHAT NOW?" "THE WOT WOTS," the TASTI Ad, and many others. Newport can do it, too.
KEEP IT BEEFY and Support your Local Artists and YOUR City!
I am writing from New Zealand and and am Subscribed to the ARGUS and now get it in my InBox every day. When "The Beefers" came out with their Xmas Video cover of "Fairytale in New York," Peet introduced them all and rather Proudly said, "Hello everyone! We're The Beef Seeds and this is Newport, Our City! Let us show you around!" And their Video clip opened with lovley views of Newports lovely old buildings. And they are, too! I "boarded my Private Shuttle" (Giggle Maps) and took of for a look for myself and on arriving, found the "Shuttle" was too big to land, so I "Launched a Remote" to get down to Street Level (Cloaked of course) and what I saw shocked me! So many shops and other buildings with VACANT, TO LET and FOR SALE, etc. signs in their windows. It reminded me of our own town, Turangi. We have LOTS of shops with TO LET signs in their windows, but, unlike Newport, Turangi was built in the 1960's to accommodate the Workers and their Families when the Tongariro Power Project was in full swing. Our house, this one I'm in now, we moved into in 1966. Newport, like Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Napier,(Art Deco City) Oamaru (Famous for its lovely old Local Stone Buildings), and many other places, all have their lovley old buildings that have great character and are very well built. It is a great shame to have such lovley old buildings go to waste by being left empty and negklected and left to the **** vandals to destroy and deface so developers can destroy them because they became eye sores. KEEP your old buildings. They're YOUR Heritage and History. Sure they're old, but theyve got more character than alot of these damned modern buildings. I Wish I COULD have a Private Shuttle so I could REALLY have a look at your fine city, and drop in on my new mates. I'll be shouting them a few Steaks for Dinner. Just to keep things BEEFY. I "fly over" every now and then, exploring and getting to know the place and from what I've seen, it looks like a very nice place. Its just a pity most of the Inner City is Vacant! SOMETHING NEEDS to be done to bring LIFE BACK to Newport! I have no idea what Newport is Famous for. I have never been there, but it does have a Proud History, that much I know. More needs to be done to make sure Newport regains its Pride and place in Wales. Something is needed to bring the People, Tourist, Visitors and Businesses BACK to the City. Entertainment, TV Studios, TV Productions, etc. The People are there, they just NEED something to DO. Get together and make it happen. I know my mates are going "Great Guns" together this year and they've got something really EXCITING in the works. I can't wait to see their latest Project which is nearly ready for us to enjoy. If THEY can do it, so can others! Look at Wellington, here in New Zealand. Thanks to SIR Peter Jackson and SIR Richard Taylor's WETA WORKSHOPS, we now have our very own "WELLYWOOD." And you know the rest. "Lorde of The Rings," "King Kong," "AVATAR," "TITANIC," "WHAT NOW?" "THE WOT WOTS," the TASTI Ad, and many others. Newport can do it, too. KEEP IT BEEFY and Support your Local Artists and YOUR City! Paul F. McCourt
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