6,000 tonnes of steel frame arrives at Newport's Friars Walk site

Steel frame arrives at Friars Walk site

Latest pictures from the Friars Walk development taken from Chartist Tower. Pics: Jon Bevan

A model showing how the Friars Walk scheme will look. Pics: Jon Bevan

Steel frames can be seen for the construction of the Friars Walk shopping centre. Pics: Jon Bevan

Steel frames can be seen for the construction of the Friars Walk shopping centre. Pics: Jon Bevan

Latest pictures from the Friars Walk development taken from Chartist Tower. Pics: Jon Bevan

Latest pictures from the Friars Walk development taken from Chartist Tower. Pics: Jon Bevan

Pictured is Friars Walk Project Manager Martin Tresidder on the 14th floor of Chartist Tower. (6984975)

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SOME of the 6,000 tonnes of steel frame that will form part of the Friars Walk have arrived on site, with building of the structure set to begin soon.

The Argus was yesterday given an update on the Friars Walk project following a Newport council cabinet visit to developer Queensberry’s offices at Chartist Tower.

Martin Tresidder, senior development manager for project developers Queensberry, told the Argus that piling has been taking place on site for the last couple of weeks.

Some 150 tonnes of steel have now arrived at the site with 6,000 tonnes in the whole scheme.

"In the next few weeks you will start to see the structure," he said.

Mr Tresidder said the old Iceland building is also now demolished.

Newport council is providing up to £90 million of loans to the project, money that the authority it itself plans to itself borrow.

Labour council leader Councillor Bob Bright told a public meeting of cabinet in the civic centre yesterday: "We will be able to increase the specification slightly of the city centre development itself."

"It’s important that we get the best result that we can in aesthetics and from a planning point of view.

It is our aim to increase that specification and make the experience as pleasant as possible," added Cllr Bright.

A senior council source said the details of that are not yet fully confirmed and subject to a planning application yet to go in.

It is thought that the application will go before the planning committee, rather than be decided by officers.

Talking about some of the changes, Mr Tresidder said that stone work was being put in instead of tiles over some of the shops, and that ETFE plastic pillow-style roofing will be used.

The material is similar to that used over Newport Railway Station and is probably best known for its use at the Eden project in Cornwall.

Mr Tresidder said materials are always chosen in conjunction with planning officers: "That’s what we are currently doing."

Yesterday’s cabinet meeting also saw plans for a £1.7 million reserve for Friars Walk, in case the scheme has any financial impact on the council, given the nod.

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12:25pm Tue 10 Jun 14

UpsetResident says...

looking good :)
looking good :) UpsetResident
  • Score: 28

1:03pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Jimport says...

"money that the authority it itself plans to itself borrow." Poetry!
"money that the authority it itself plans to itself borrow." Poetry! Jimport
  • Score: -1

2:56pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Good Job No Kids says...

Still waiting for the disaster announcement when QBR can't get finance on the finished article and payback NPT CC.

Hopefully not but a very real possibility.
Still waiting for the disaster announcement when QBR can't get finance on the finished article and payback NPT CC. Hopefully not but a very real possibility. Good Job No Kids
  • Score: -24

3:15pm Tue 10 Jun 14

p stani says...

Big news, steel arrives at building site.Really argus get a grip.
PS,let us know when they have a cement delivery.
Big news, steel arrives at building site.Really argus get a grip. PS,let us know when they have a cement delivery. p stani
  • Score: -20

3:24pm Tue 10 Jun 14

MERoden says...

I agree with the first comment above (i.e. Looking good). It IS looking good.

The rest of you, Stop moaning you bunch of moaning minnies!

This is good news. I have plenty of confidence in this development. It is going well.
I agree with the first comment above (i.e. Looking good). It IS looking good. The rest of you, Stop moaning you bunch of moaning minnies! This is good news. I have plenty of confidence in this development. It is going well. MERoden
  • Score: 38

3:53pm Tue 10 Jun 14

chelsea1970 says...

MERoden wrote:
I agree with the first comment above (i.e. Looking good). It IS looking good.

The rest of you, Stop moaning you bunch of moaning minnies!

This is good news. I have plenty of confidence in this development. It is going well.
Here here . I agree bout time somebody told these moaners must be all their birthdays on Friday lol . It's have some proper enthusiasm over this !!!!
[quote][p][bold]MERoden[/bold] wrote: I agree with the first comment above (i.e. Looking good). It IS looking good. The rest of you, Stop moaning you bunch of moaning minnies! This is good news. I have plenty of confidence in this development. It is going well.[/p][/quote]Here here . I agree bout time somebody told these moaners must be all their birthdays on Friday lol . It's have some proper enthusiasm over this !!!! chelsea1970
  • Score: 31

4:18pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Mr.Jolly. says...

Nandos, Cosmo, Frankie & Benny’s, Prezzo, Chiquittos, Next, Topshop and Cineworld.
Whoopie do.
See you in Cardiff.
Nandos, Cosmo, Frankie & Benny’s, Prezzo, Chiquittos, Next, Topshop and Cineworld. Whoopie do. See you in Cardiff. Mr.Jolly.
  • Score: -33

4:54pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Newportg says...

Mr.Jolly. wrote:
Nandos, Cosmo, Frankie & Benny’s, Prezzo, Chiquittos, Next, Topshop and Cineworld.
Whoopie do.
See you in Cardiff.
No you won't you moaning whinger!!!
[quote][p][bold]Mr.Jolly.[/bold] wrote: Nandos, Cosmo, Frankie & Benny’s, Prezzo, Chiquittos, Next, Topshop and Cineworld. Whoopie do. See you in Cardiff.[/p][/quote]No you won't you moaning whinger!!! Newportg
  • Score: 36

6:28pm Tue 10 Jun 14

jazzyjab says...

Yes please Argus, keep us informed. Also grateful for an analysis of what the significance of the decision by NCC to set aside some funds in csse of issues with the development. Clearly, various readers saw this as a signal that things could go wrong, when the delivery of the steels suggests everything is on track. Message to the whingers, stop it, its tedious. Newport is indeed rising...
Yes please Argus, keep us informed. Also grateful for an analysis of what the significance of the decision by NCC to set aside some funds in csse of issues with the development. Clearly, various readers saw this as a signal that things could go wrong, when the delivery of the steels suggests everything is on track. Message to the whingers, stop it, its tedious. Newport is indeed rising... jazzyjab
  • Score: 22

6:44pm Tue 10 Jun 14

beetee says...

"Talking about some of the changes, Mr Tresidder said that stone work was being put in instead of tiles over some of the shops, and that ETFE plastic pillow-style roofing will be used.

The material is similar to that used over Newport Railway Station and is probably best known for its use at the Eden project in Cornwall "

would this be the material that leaks ?
"Talking about some of the changes, Mr Tresidder said that stone work was being put in instead of tiles over some of the shops, and that ETFE plastic pillow-style roofing will be used. The material is similar to that used over Newport Railway Station and is probably best known for its use at the Eden project in Cornwall " would this be the material that leaks ? beetee
  • Score: -8

10:17pm Tue 10 Jun 14

BobEvams2014 says...

IF UKIP were running Newport City Council, the project would have been finished by now
IF UKIP were running Newport City Council, the project would have been finished by now BobEvams2014
  • Score: -10

11:33pm Tue 10 Jun 14

cath 872 says...

BobEvans2014
Is this the same UKIP that blamed gay people for the awful winter we had?! Good luck.
BobEvans2014 Is this the same UKIP that blamed gay people for the awful winter we had?! Good luck. cath 872
  • Score: 6

5:32am Wed 11 Jun 14

catlady wales says...

No, no, no, not like the railway station.
Comment from an American at the time of the Ryder Cup. Gee what is that temporary structure over the railway station? No sir, said the cabby it is the finished result. Oh my word said the yank. Crap architecture, get a grip.
No, no, no, not like the railway station. Comment from an American at the time of the Ryder Cup. Gee what is that temporary structure over the railway station? No sir, said the cabby it is the finished result. Oh my word said the yank. Crap architecture, get a grip. catlady wales
  • Score: -4

9:28am Wed 11 Jun 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

catlady wales wrote:
No, no, no, not like the railway station.
Comment from an American at the time of the Ryder Cup. Gee what is that temporary structure over the railway station? No sir, said the cabby it is the finished result. Oh my word said the yank. Crap architecture, get a grip.
It's an urban myth - get over it.
[quote][p][bold]catlady wales[/bold] wrote: No, no, no, not like the railway station. Comment from an American at the time of the Ryder Cup. Gee what is that temporary structure over the railway station? No sir, said the cabby it is the finished result. Oh my word said the yank. Crap architecture, get a grip.[/p][/quote]It's an urban myth - get over it. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 4

7:45pm Wed 11 Jun 14

sooty001 says...

Mr.Jolly. wrote:
Nandos, Cosmo, Frankie & Benny’s, Prezzo, Chiquittos, Next, Topshop and Cineworld.
Whoopie do.
See you in Cardiff.
When it is finished you can p*** off to Cardiff and the rest of us can use and support OUR City Centre, we don't need pessimistic people like you around.
[quote][p][bold]Mr.Jolly.[/bold] wrote: Nandos, Cosmo, Frankie & Benny’s, Prezzo, Chiquittos, Next, Topshop and Cineworld. Whoopie do. See you in Cardiff.[/p][/quote]When it is finished you can p*** off to Cardiff and the rest of us can use and support OUR City Centre, we don't need pessimistic people like you around. sooty001
  • Score: 3

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