PEOPLE can get their caffeine fix on the go - with Newport's first Costa Coffee drive-through.

Newport City Homes has built an environmentally friendly coffee shop as part of its Old Town Dock development; the Costa Coffee drive-through opened earlier this month.

The environmentally friendly design includes:

  • Timber frame as an alternative to a traditional steel one
  • Solar panels on the roof
  • Energy retaining insulation

This design means that the ‘eco-unit’ store generates more energy than it uses over the course of a year, making it one of the UK’s first net zero energy retail buildings.

There are cycle parking spaces as well as car parking with dedicated electric charging points located within the drive-through, which can be accessed from East Dock Road.

A Costa Coffee spokesman said: “We’re excited to open our first ‘eco-unit’ drive-through store in Newport, making this the fourth ‘eco-unit’ store to open across our UK estate.

“The store also features EV charging points for those wanting to charge their cars while picking up their favourite handcrafted drink on-the-go.

“We’re excited to have finally opened our doors and to start welcoming members of the local community to our new ‘eco-unit’ drive-through store.”

South Wales Argus: The drive-thru in Newport is a Net Zero Energy ‘eco-unit’ (Picture: Newport City Homes)The drive-thru in Newport is a Net Zero Energy ‘eco-unit’ (Picture: Newport City Homes)

This site is located between Usk Way and East Docks Road. The original Old Town Dock was built in 1842 and shipped coal around the world from the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal. It was eventually filled in during the 1930s.

Executive director of development at Newport City Homes, Matthew Davies, said: “This exciting ‘eco-unit’ Costa Coffee drive-through store is just a short walk from the city centre and will provide up to 18 job opportunities for local people.

“With our proposed development of 149 homes at this key location being close to active travel links and public transport, we are ensuring that we maximise the wider benefits of this development in contributing to people’s health, well-being, the environment and supporting the local economy.

“The Costa Coffee drive-through store and the new homes will be built to increased design standards, using alternative construction methods that will not only see carbon reduction in their construction, but also in future use.”