• Marks and Spencer confirmed for Friars Walk

    Marks and Spencer sign for Friars Walk September 2015

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  • Planning go-ahead for Wales International Convention Centre

    Wales International Convention Centre planning permission approved

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  • Projects set to make city centre more vibrant

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The face of Newport is changing dramatically.

Newport’s brand new retail and leisure complex, Friars Walk, opened 12th November 2015, bringing top names to the city centre including Debenhams, Next, Topshop, Marks and Spencer, River Island, Mothercare, Nando’s, TGI Friday’s, Wagamama, Las Iguanas, Frankie and Benny’s and Cineworld.

Friars Walk now open!

Read more about Friars Walk shopping and leisure scheme


Here’s what you think

Newport city centre was brimming over with people enjoying the fifth Admiral Newport Food Festival on Saturday 3rd October, a perfect time to find out what visitors to the city liked about Newport, and how they felt about the opening of Friars Walk. This is what they had to say.


Wander through Friars Walk shopping centre with this computer generated fly-through.

Progress is also being made on Newport City Centre’s Vibrant and Viable Places regeneration programme. After submitting a successful bid Newport City Council has been awarded £14.988 million under the Welsh Government's VVP programme to transform key properties in the city centre, converting them into new homes and space for business start-ups. It will also unlock another £45million of external investment in city centre projects.

Newport’s reputation as an international centre for sports and business events is growing rapidly. In September 2014 the NATO Summit took place at Newport's Celtic Manor Resort, putting the city on the international stage and offering substantial economic benefits as 60 world leaders, 7,500 delegates and 5,000 journalists visited. Now, a new Wales International Convention Centre is planned for the Celtic Manor Resort which will help secure even more world-class events.

Completed projects and investments have already delivered huge transformation for the city including a world class university campus, state of the art business premises, a new railway station, revamped market, new bus station, iconic architecture and a new waterfront district providing riverside homes and leisure opportunities.

Read what makes Newport an attractive location for businesses.

Find out what support is available to businesses in Newport.

Follow the links for further information about projects being delivered by the city council and our partners.

Together they are ensuring that Newport really is a city on the rise.

Talking about Newport’s bright future


Redevelopment timeline