Shopping Centre

Newport centre revamp gets go-ahead

Published:  27 March, 2012

Planners have given the green light for Queensberry's revised plans for the Friars Walk retail and leisure scheme in Newport city centre

Queensberry Real Estate has been granted permission to demolish existing buildings in the John Frost Square area and create a four-storey anchor store and 35 shop units as well as a six-screen cinema, eights restaurants and cafes, a new bus station and a 360-space car park.

It will provide more than 330,000 sq ft of retail floor space in the heart of the city centre as well as a new John Frost Square public realm.

Jon Bunce, Queensberry Real Estate partner, said: “This represents a substantial milestone in the preparation for delivery of Friars Walk and it has been achieved in a very short space of time: less than a year since Queensberry was selected as the developer of the scheme and less than six months from the signing of the development agreement with Newport City Council.”