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Jubilee Park

Client: Internal

Value: £200m

At-a-Glance:

  • 100 acre former heavy industrial site
  • Significant demolition, remediation, earthworks and infrastructure required
  • Adjoining major watercourse requiring new major flood defense
  • Over 1,000 houses, a school, new park and new community
  • Fantastic relationship developed with local community and local authority

PROJECT OUTLINE

In 2012 we had the opportunity to purchase the site of a former aluminium factory 4km west of Newport city centre. With documented commercial use stretching back to the start of the industrial revolution on 1760, it had been home to copper and iron works and even a nail factory. Now all the surface buildings were demolished, but very significant floor, slab and basement levels remained intact. The site extended to some 100 acres and was bordered on one side by the River Ebbw, a significant local waterway. There would be significant on site demolition and remediation required, along with protection of the local waterway from run-off and of course flood protection work to the banks of the River Ebbw. The resulting development of the site would make way for around 1,000, much needed local homes, a linear (riverside) park and the open spaces and greening that makes a brownfield site into a place fit for habitation once more.

PROJECT OUTCOME

Some 250 years since it became the home of significant industry in the lower Gwent valleys, the newly renamed Jubilee Park began to emerge. Following extensive site drainage and flood prevention work in consultation with local authorities, Welsh Govt, and statutory bodies, work commenced in 2013. Much of the demolished infrastructure never left the site. It was repurposed and remanufactured in situ and provided the foundations for the roads, infrastructure and landscaping of the area. This resulted in much fewer HGV movements to and from the site and consequently less pollution! With roads, drainage and other utilities in place, the development is blooming into a highly desirable place to live, convenient as it is to the M4 motorway. Bellway and Taylor Wimpey began building late in 2015 and the first show homes opened shortly afterwards.


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