Historic Newport Centre Being Demolished to Make Way for New University Campus

…By Alan Peterson for TDPel Media. The iconic Newport Centre, a prominent landmark in Newport, is undergoing major demolition work to pave the way for a new learning campus.

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After hosting memorable gigs by renowned artists like David Bowie, Run DMC, and Alice Cooper since its opening in 1985, significant portions of the center have now been knocked down.

Closure of the Swimming Pool and Earlier Demolition:

Last year, the center’s swimming pool was closed due to irreparable damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, demolition work began on the Newport Centre, which has served as a hub for fitness and leisure activities in Newport for many decades.

Eerie photographs taken just prior to the pool’s closure captured the final moments of its operation.

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Progress of Demolition:

Recent pictures reveal the swift progress of the demolition project.

Construction vehicles were present as parts of the building were torn down, exposing the metal frame.

The historic concert hall, which hosted notable acts like Royal Blood and The Mysterines until mid-2019, has been almost entirely demolished.

Future Plans:

The site of the former Newport Centre will soon house a new £90m Coleg Gwent campus, a testament to the area’s commitment to education and growth.

In addition, a state-of-the-art leisure center, costing £19.7m, will be constructed on a nearby brownfield site near the riverfront.

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It should be noted that the absence of a live music facility in the plans for the new leisure center drew criticism when revealed.

Meanwhile, temporary gym services have been relocated to Cambrian House on Cambrian Road.

Conclusion:

As the demolition of Newport Centre progresses, the transformation of the site into a modern university campus and a contemporary leisure center gathers momentum.

The legacy of the center’s rich musical history, witnessed through the performances of numerous legendary artists, will remain cherished by the community.

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