The tallest building in Newport – the Chartist Tower - has received an injection of Welsh Government funding as work continues to transform it into a 4 star hotel.
The £2 million package is a mix of grant and loan funding from Visit Wales and the Welsh Government’s Targeted Regeneration Investment programme, which will provide £100 million of capital support across Wales over 3 years for regeneration projects.
Newport City Council has worked in close collaboration with Garrison Barclay Estates (GBE), who has taken a long lease on the Chartist Tower and work is underway to transform the building into a 4 star Mercure-branded hotel with 154 beds, gym, sauna, breakfast room and rooftop restaurant with city-wide views.
The refurbishment of the building is a pivotal development in the next phase of sustainable investment and regeneration for Newport, and is ideally placed to capitalise on business tourism associated with the opening of the new international convention centre ICC Wales.
The project will create 45.5 new jobs and assist a further 15 with a view to being open during summer 2019. The tower development will also include a lower retail floor, leisure and office space, as well as a rooftop restaurant on the 15th floor.
Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government Hannah Blythyn said:
This is a fantastic project to breathe new life into a local landmark, creating jobs and boosting the local economy. I look forward to seeing this project take shape.
Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, said:
The development of this high quality hotel right in the centre of Newport is very welcome news and I’m delighted that the Welsh Government has been able to support what will become an iconic development for the city. This development is in line with our tourism strategy which prioritises high quality, ambitious projects - and with plans to incorporate the Chartist name and history the development also seeks to draw on local history and culture – giving a strong sense of place.
Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Leader of Newport City Council, said:
We have been working closely with Garrison Barclay to help this exciting project come to fruition and I’m delighted that our bid to the Welsh Government to secure some financial support was successful.
"We are very much looking forward to the opening of this development which will contribute to our long-term ambition to have a more diverse offer in the city centre to enhance its vitality and sustainability.