Cambrian Centre transformation could begin in summer

WORK to redevelop Newport’s 1970s Cambrian Centre could start this summer.

Scarborough Development Group (Newport) Ltd has applied to demolish part of the shopping centre and adjoining car park.

If permission is granted by the city council work could start in June.

A report to city planners says the car park would be dismantled and materials will be removed and recycled into sand and gravel for use in the construction industry.

The demolition would mark the start of the site’s regeneration, which could see eventually see a seven-storey office block, shops and a hotel built.

Plans put forward by the developer for the scheme are expected to go before Newport’s planning committee shortly.

They includes proposals for a high-rise office block near Queensway and Railway Street, which is expected to house staff from insurance firm Admiral, currently based at Langstone Business Park.

Under the plans a 358-space car park could be built, existing shops on Cambrian Road would be retained and additional shop space totalling 7,500 sq ft could be added.

A walkway connecting Queensway and Cambrian Road could also be built ahead of stage two of the scheme, which could see more shops and offices and even a hotel built.

The long-awaited plans come after two previous bids to transform the declining centre were scrapped because of the recession and fears they were no longer viable.

Scarborough Development Group ditched proposals to demolish it to build a large food store, two shops, offices, a bus interchange and more than 500 parking spaces, last year, after struggling to attract interest from a supermarket chain.

Earlier in 2008 Modus Properties scrapped its 29-storey City Spires project after it went into administration.

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2:45pm Wed 18 Apr 12

Davbro says...

Who is going to fill the 7,500 sq. ft. of shopping space when already the town centre is seeing lots of vacant shops.
Who is going to fill the 7,500 sq. ft. of shopping space when already the town centre is seeing lots of vacant shops. Davbro
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4:27pm Wed 18 Apr 12

Bobevans says...

Don't ask difficult questions. The whole scheme is daft and the shops will never be filled far better to use the area for a proper transport hub but that would be sensible so it will not happen.

They cannot fill the Kingsway Centre and at least another dozen of the current store in Newport are quitting but hey why worry lets build even more shops so that they can be left empty. They never learn
Don't ask difficult questions. The whole scheme is daft and the shops will never be filled far better to use the area for a proper transport hub but that would be sensible so it will not happen. They cannot fill the Kingsway Centre and at least another dozen of the current store in Newport are quitting but hey why worry lets build even more shops so that they can be left empty. They never learn Bobevans
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6:31pm Wed 18 Apr 12

Mr Bump. says...

it wasn't built in the 70's
it wasn't built in the 70's Mr Bump.
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9:29pm Wed 18 Apr 12

CM1 says...

Bobevans, as you believe that the "whole scheme is daft", I assume that you do not want Admiral to take c. 70,000 sqft of space in it, and employ anyone in Newport city centre!!! You could probably expect those employees to use the shops that you are moaning about. Why don't you take a break from this site; your views are so 'one-eyed' that you cannot see the wood from the trees and it is INCREDIBLY TEDIOUS! Good grief.
Bobevans, as you believe that the "whole scheme is daft", I assume that you do not want Admiral to take c. 70,000 sqft of space in it, and employ anyone in Newport city centre!!! You could probably expect those employees to use the shops that you are moaning about. Why don't you take a break from this site; your views are so 'one-eyed' that you cannot see the wood from the trees and it is INCREDIBLY TEDIOUS! Good grief. CM1
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10:43pm Wed 18 Apr 12

PaulHalliday says...

Remember the shops would be part of a second phase. This would assume that the economy is better. Also you have up to an additional 1200 people on the doorstop of these shops.
Remember the shops would be part of a second phase. This would assume that the economy is better. Also you have up to an additional 1200 people on the doorstop of these shops. PaulHalliday
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9:29am Thu 19 Apr 12

Dee-Gee says...

The Admiral offices are a great proposal, more than making up for the loss of the footfall from the passport office. And it's good for Admiral too - they'll find it much easier to find staff who can get to town than staff who can get to Langstone.
The Admiral offices are a great proposal, more than making up for the loss of the footfall from the passport office. And it's good for Admiral too - they'll find it much easier to find staff who can get to town than staff who can get to Langstone. Dee-Gee
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9:34am Thu 19 Apr 12

NakedDancer says...

This is a fabulous scheme - we desperately need the jobs Admiral would bring and that would increase the footfall for the shops. I agree these negative people in Newport are very tedious and delays have been SO detrimental to the city in the past. Get it done !
This is a fabulous scheme - we desperately need the jobs Admiral would bring and that would increase the footfall for the shops. I agree these negative people in Newport are very tedious and delays have been SO detrimental to the city in the past. Get it done ! NakedDancer
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