Friars Walk, Newport

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Friars Walk
Location Newport, South Wales
Opening date 12 November 2015
Developer Queensberry Real Estate
Owner Queensberry Real Estate
Total retail floor area 390,000 sq. ft.
No. of floors 3
Website http://friarswalknewport.co.uk/
Friars Walk, Newport in 2015

Friars Walk is a partially under-cover shopping centre and leisure complex in Newport city centre, South Wales. It has several levels and includes a range of high street shops, eateries and a cinema. The complex is linked by the redeveloped John Frost Square to the Kingsway Shopping Centre, Newport Museum, Art Gallery and Central Library and Newport bus station. The complex is a short walk from the high street shops of Commercial Street and High Street. Newport railway station is also a short walk away.

The Friars Walk car park holds 350 cars and over 1000 spaces are available in the adjacent Kingsway multi-storey car park, both accessed from the A4042 Kingsway.

List of tenants

Shops

Leisure

  • Cineworld cinema [1]
  • Superbowl UK: ten-pin bowling lanes, Crazy Club soft play centre, Laser Quest arena, amusement arcade, retro diner and boutique bar - opens March 2016.[2]

Restaurants

Development

The original plans by Modus Corovest were scrapped in 2009 because of the recession[3] but revived in a downsized £100 million scheme by Queensberry Real Estate in 2012. Plans included a six-screen cinema, ten pin bowling alley, eight restaurants and a 360 space carpark.[4] A new bus station was also included, with finance coming from a £90 million loan from Newport City Council.[5]

The new design was by Leslie Jones Architecture.[1] Construction began in April 2014. The scheme opened on 12 November 2015, raising Newport from 200th to 77th in the UK's retail rankings and heralded as a "lifeline for Newport".[1] The total cost came to £117 million.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Karen Price (12 November 2015). "Newport's Friars Walk offers a real lifeline for the city so let's hope locals support it". Wales Online. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  2. Superbowl UK
  3. "City's £200m shops plan scrapped". BBC Wales News. 10 June 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  4. "Newport's Friars Walk shopping plan approved". BBC Wales News. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  5. Ruth Mansfield (1 October 2014). "Newport Friars Walk is taking shape". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 

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