Work begins to restore arcade
Posted on Friday 7th February 2020
A project to restore the historic Market Arcade in Newport city centre takes an important step forward this weekend.
Erection of scaffolding will begin with a view to work starting on the 19th century shopping link later this month.
Newport City Council has secured funding from the Heritage Fund, Cadw and Welsh Government for the project to restore the arcade.
Councillor Jane Mudd, Leader of Newport City Council, said: "This has been a complex scheme so I'm delighted that work is now set to begin. This will make a huge difference to part of the city centre, benefiting not only the businesses in the arcade but those in the surrounding area.
"Importantly, we will also be helping to protect an important part of the city's heritage."
"I would like to thank all those involved, especially council officers, for working so hard to make this possible. I would also like to thank the Heritage Fund for backing our vision and, of course, lottery players who contribute to the fund as well as members of the community who have been involved in the project.
Specialist contractors Anthony A Davies - the same firm that worked on the Newbridge Memorial Hall - are carrying out the work and heritage specialists Davies Sutton are the architects.
The arcade will remain open while the project, which is due to completed next year, is under way.
Work will include the restoration of the shopfronts and refurbishment of the glazed canopy.
Originally called Fennell's Arcade, the arcade was created in 1869 as a key pedestrian route between the railway station and the then new provisions market.
In recent years, it has declined so the council worked with the multiple owners to find a solution which led to the bid being submitted to the Heritage Fund.