Coleg Gwent & University of South Wales
Newport City Council
Masterplan Feasibility Study
NEWPORT KNOWLEDGE QUARTER
DPP, together with Atkins, Cushman and Wakefield, and Faithful & Gould, were appointed by Gwent College and the University of South Wales, to prepare a Feasibility Study / Master Plan for the relocation and centralisation of a number of Gwent College’s activities. The proposals sought to locate development within the heart of Newport city centre, co-locating with the University of South Wales and creating a vibrant riverside ‘Knowledge Quarter”.
DPP’s role was to assess the development potential of a number of sites within the area to accommodate the circa. 28,000sqm of floor space requirement. Key to this was the relationship with the existing University of South Wales Campus and the city centre, where the Council and Welsh Government have their own aspirations.
DPP’s role was instrumental in establishing the Council’s vision and objectives for the area, ensuring that the options presented to the Client at the end of the exercise are deliverable. In addition, as part of the options appraisal, DPP provided expert advice on the implications of the potential need for compulsory purchase orders, which fed into the financial appraisal process.
DPP have been key in establishing the requirements for the sites, both in terms of how the buildings will be used but also whether there are any other ancillary student services e.g. commercial outlets. This was key in establishing the appropriate and relevant policies for the site – which will feed into the site selection process and consequently the development options for the client. Crucially, DPP’s role in project ensured that the development sites fitted with the aspirations of the Council and Welsh Government, both of whom will be key in delivering this exciting education led regeneration project.
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