Newport Riverside, Wales

Proposals for a former retail site in a growing city

Newport is a city that we see as having great potential. It is a view shared by our clients Wye Valley City Projects Ltd, part of the Fear Group and owners of a vacant supermarket site fronting the River Usk, on the edge of the city centre.

Situated on the banks of the River Usk, in close proximity to the city centre, its railway station and university campus, the site presents an opportunity to contribute to the burgeoning regeneration of Newport. Nash Partnership worked with Stephen and Leon Fear, in dialogue with Newport City Council, the University of South Wales and local residents to draw up proposals for the site.

The importance of education

Education is an important driver for regeneration and the university campus is a key asset for the city. The development proposals therefore included a high quality student accommodation offer with 601 bedrooms as part of a new mixed use riverside environment, also providing 144 apartments, a hotel, convenience store and health facilities. The development uses the site’s gateway position to signify the presence of the city centre through buildings rising to 14 storeys and enhances city and neighbourhood amenity by providing extensive new public space, including a boardwalk along the river front. The development also incorporates flood protection measures that will form part of the wider Crindau Flood Alleviation Scheme along the River Usk to protect occupiers and existing residents and businesses.

Following a planning committee resolution to grant permission, we worked with Newport City Council to agree planning conditions and with our client and legal advisors Bartons to negotiate the S106 Agreement. The agreement is now complete, outline planning approval has been issued and we have secured necessary planning condition discharge to enable demolition of the former supermarket and interim ground-raising for flood protection. These works are completed.

The Newport riverside scheme is a further symbol of the city’s growing confidence in its future as a well-connected place with an emerging new economy and quality of life offer.