Cambrian Centre, Newport

Dragon-150The Cambrian Centre is a small shopping centre in the city of Newport, Wales. Among other units, it houses a Somerfield and one of the city’s Wetherspoon’s public houses, the John Wallace Linton.

A planning application was approved by city council for an £87 million redevelopment and refurbishment. The new development will be known as City Spires. The development will see parts of the centre being completely rebuilt. The new building will include a 332 ft (101 m), 30-storey residential tower, 4/5-star 112-room hotel, offices and more car parking. The developer is also attempting to get permission to erect a fitness gym, more shops and additional offices.

The development will ease the knock-on effect from the development of the nearby Kingsway Shopping Centre. Already a much bigger centre, the Kingsway’s development had threatened the future of the relatively tiny Cambrian Centre.