Annual Report 2018-19 - Case Studies
The Newport 'Offer'
The Well-being Plan Annual Report 2018-19 includes a number of case studies that show the positive partnership work undertaken during the first year of the plan. The case study produced for The Newport 'Offer' can be read below:
There is a need to continue to shape and deliver positive change for the city centre. A number of key strategic properties are currently vacant or underused. With commercial interest now at an unprecedented high following major regeneration and the ending of the Severn Bridge tolls, there is an opportunity to bring these properties back in to use and realise their value as a means of long-term growth for the City.
The Chartist Tower, is one of the most prominent buildings in Newport as it is centrally located and dominates the skyline, but has stood empty for several years and its dated looks are becoming an eyesore. Changing the building from office to hotel space was identified as the best redevelopment option, due to its proximity to the main leisure and shopping facilities, and in anticipation of increased demand for accommodation from the International Convention Centre Wales at the Celtic Manor, which will open its doors in the Autumn of 2019.
The Cardiff Capital Region Plan highlights the development of tourism as a key way of increasing economic productivity across the region, regenerating and reinvigorating places, creating jobs and improving wellbeing. The International Convention Centre and hotel at Chartist Tower will play a central role in achieving this.
The Chartist Tower is a mixed-use development and along with high quality hotel space also includes conferencing facilities, office, retail space and an open air restaurant. The scheme has received vital public sector funding and support from Welsh Government and Newport City Council to leverage private sector investment. It will complement the regeneration of the city centre; contributing to the diversification of the economy and creating, much needed visitor accommodation and high quality office space.
The prime location of this site and proximity to public transport networks means that it does not require its own car parking spaces and will contribute to the One Newport vision for promotion of Sustainable Travel options. The ambitious new design will create a worthy new landmark on the Newport skyline helping to breathe new life into the city centre with considerable well-being benefits.