City centre - a vibrant and viable place
A diary of transformation, beginning with Commercial Street.
City centre regeneration projects are taking shape under Newport's vibrant and viable places programme (VVP).
Newport City Council was awarded £14.988 million by the Welsh Government under its VVP regeneration funding framework. Newport received the largest award in Wales and was one of only three authorities to get the full amount bid for.
This is expected to lead to a total investment of £60 million in the city centre, thanks to partnerships with the third and private sectors.
Historic properties in High Street are being transformed with financial assistance from the programme. The former Kings Hotel is being converted into high quality apartments and the former Yates building is being refurbished as a 60-bed Premier Inn hotel.
In Commercial Street, the landmark National Buildings is receiving a major facelift, with work underway on a new look for the shop fronts and the residential upper floors.
On Cardiff Road transformation of a former derelict building in a prominent position near the Royal Gwent Hospital is complete. The property has been converted into apartments for the Seren Group. Fifteen new residents are now enjoying the results of the building being restored in keeping with its conservation area location.
The VVP will help to create up to 600 new jobs, create or improve over 400 homes and assist more than 850 people to gain work-based learning and skills opportunities.