Ainsley Gommon Architects


Bellway Homes, Newport City Council & Fairlake


Alway, Newport


£25 million

Date Completed

Spring 2007

Development Overview

Ainsley Gommon worked in partnership with Bellway Homes, Newport City Council and Fairlake to develop a Masterplan for the redevelopment of the Alway estate in Newport. Covering an area of 7.5 hectares, the run-down estate housed poor quality residential accommodation and community facilities and as a result suffered from severe anti-social behaviour problems.

Ainsley Gommon produced a Masterplan for the £25 million scheme, splitting the development into 13 phases over a five year period. The regeneration project incorporated community facilities, mixed tenure housing, open space and public realm design and new vehicle, pedestrian and cycle routes.

The overriding aim behind the design was to establish a strong axis through the development around which a new cohesive neighbourhood could be formed. The ‘figure of eight’ shaped site was split into two main development areas, with the heavily sloping upper site accommodating 128 new mixed tenure homes, and the lower site providing a further 111 bespoke homes and community facilities.