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Chartist Tower
Chartist Tower
Chartist Tower from behind Friar's Walk
General information
Status Completed (under renovation)
Type High-rise building
Town or city Newport
Country Wales
Coordinates 51°35′14″N 2°59′42″W / 51.5872845°N 2.9950542°W / 51.5872845; -2.9950542
Completed 1966
Renovated 2019
Owner Garrison Barclay Estates
Height 53.30 m
Technical details
Floor count 16
Design and construction
Architect Powell Dobson Architects (redevelopment)

Chartist Tower is a 53.3 metre tall high rise building in west Newport, Wales. It was built in 1966, and is the tallest building in the city.

Background

A 250-year long lease was acquired in 2017 by Cardiff-based developers Garrison Barclay Estates (GBE) for £6.5m, and the building is now undergoing a £12m redevelopment. It has received investment from the Welsh Government of loans up to £2 million.

The building is located on Upper Dock Street. The building is accessible from both sides, at its front via the newly built Friars Walk shopping centre as well as at the rear via the historic retail hub in the city, Commercial Street.

The building is expected to re-open following refurbishment by Summer 2019.

Etymology

The building is a tribute to the participants of the 1839 Newport Rising, a key moment in the Chartist political movement. The Newport uprising was a key turning point in the campaign for universal suffrage.

Developers GBE have indicated the building will continue to pay tribute to the 1839 events, with features in the redevelopment referencing the movement and its significance to the city.

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