Enhancement and repair works on key buildings in Newport City centre as part of a general street improvement scheme. 

In the same year that Ferguson Mann Architects started work on the Newport Covered Market, we were asked by Newport City Council to work with them in delivering a programme of repair and improvements to a number of buildings within the Newport Town Centre Conservation Area. Building owners were offered grants to make improvements to their properties under the Civic Enhancement Key Buildings Scheme. The objective of the scheme was to enhance the appearance of the overall streetscape to encourage regeneration of the area.

The majority of the key buildings dated from the late 19th and early 20th century when Newport prospered as a port. This economic prosperity was reflected in the rich ornament and detailing of the properties from this period.

“FMA’s heritage expertise came to the fore in ensuring a number of properties in this protected area were seen through to completion to the exacting standards required by the Heritage Lottery Fund.”

–  Matthew Tribbeck, Newport City Council

Key buildings generally comprised retail units at ground floor with office or residential uses above. Works to the key buildings included repair or reinstatement of historic shopfronts at ground floor and timber sash windows above, cleaning and repair of render and stonework to front facades and reinstatement of traditional cast iron rainwater goods.

In order to ensure accuracy in the reinstatement of historic details, Ferguson Mann Architects researched historic documents and photographs as well as carrying out detailed measured survey on site where remnants of historic fabric survive. It was also an important design consideration that proposals could accommodate a diverse range of retail and commercial uses and therefore a pragmatic approach was required to ensure that proposals incorporated modern intervention where appropriate to suit current uses.

The scheme has been successful in contributed to the regeneration of Newport town centre, improving the appearance of the streetscape and encouraging an understanding and appreciation of the heritage setting for both visitors and the local community.