27th April 2022

Former Newport nightclub set to become affordable homes for local people

Housing association Linc Cymru (Linc) has today, 27 April, received planning consent to develop 37 apartments at a former well-known Newport landmark.

40 Stow Hill, first built as a chapel in 1880, will be better known to local people as a hospitality venue, and more recently as popular Zanzibar nightclub.

The building, which was destroyed by a fire in 2018, was purchased by the housing provider in 2020. Linc has 5000 homes across Wales, with over 700 of these in Newport.

Planning consent was granted unanimously with committee members commenting on the ‘excellent façade retention proposal,’ how the design complements the work taking place to rebuild Bethel Community Church, and the welcome addition of more affordable housing for Newport City Centre.

The Grade-ll listed front façade reveals some of the history of the local area and will be retained and restored. Heritage impact has been at the centre of Linc’s plans, with the building holding a prominent position on Stow Hill and falling within Stow Hill conservation area.

Features including the stonework, plinths, windows, doors, pediments, and boundary walls have all been carefully considered, with the specialist expertise of Childs Sulzmann Architects employed to ensure that the historic character of the front façade is restored.

While the rear of the building will be demolished, due to its state of disrepair, Linc’s plans offer an attractive addition to the site.

Built using a fabric-first approach, focusing on sustainability and quality of life for its residents, the homes will be all electric with an EPC A rating. Along with photovoltaic solar panels, the development will provide affordable homes that support sustainable development.

Andrew Beale, Project Manager at Linc, said:

“We’re delighted to receive planning consent for 40 Stow Hill and are committed to retaining its heritage. Many Newport residents, and people from across South Wales, will have fond memories of the building through the decades. By restoring the historic appearance and character, we hope to give the building a new lease of life, while benefitting local people.

“Linc’s commitment to the heritage of this city landmark saw us utilise the expertise of two respected architect firms, Chamberlain Moss King, who advised on the overall design plan, and Childs Sulzmann, who focused on heritage impact.

“The 37 apartments will provide high quality, affordable homes, with great access to amenities and transport links. At Linc, we want our homes to create an environment for people to flourish, so we look beyond the four walls into what makes a place a home and a community. We use responsible, sustainable building techniques because we understand that a home that cares for the environment is a home that’s good for the people living in and around it.”

Linc will now progress steps to tender the build contract, with contractor appointment expected in the summer of 2022.

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