Newport's Shire Hall Conversion Plans Approved

Friday, 15th November 2013

The planning application for the conversion of a landmark listed building into eighteen luxury flats has been given the go ahead by Newport City Council. Shire Hall, in Pentonville in the city centre, which once served as the offices for Monmouthshire county council, will now be transformed into 18 self-contained one and two bedroom flats. The hall was built in 1902, designed by architect William Tanner and in 1998, gained grade II listing status.


Cardiff based architects John Wotton will run the project. They were also responsible for the conversion of The Nelson Rooms, a former Victorian Gymnasium, in Glendower Street, Monmouth into three apartments, as well as numerous other projects including the interior for Cardiff’s Park Plaza Hotel.


Restoration is already underway on the building, which has been empty for a number of years. The entrance hall, marble columns, stair cases and original Terrazzo floor tiling have all been restored to their original grandeur. The development will include 21 parking spaces and bike racks for the new residents.


Councillor David Fouweather said: “We are delighted that the Shire Hall is being put to good use and that it’s going to be high quality apartments with adequate parking too. Anything that brings older buildings back to life is good for the city.”