The Newport Centre, a former leisure and event space, has been a fixture in the city centre since it was built in 1985. However, in recent years it has become very run down with the council feeling it had no choice but to demolish the existing building and replace it with something new. Plans are ongoing to replace it with a state-of-the-art learning campus for Coleg Gwent.
The site is very central, with access from all directions, so Walters wanted a hoarding supplier that would be able to offer a high level of security.
It also needed to be long-lasting because while demolition started in April, plans for the next phase of construction have yet to be finalised and the project could last into 2025, if not beyond.
With its Head Office based nearby in Newport, Premier Forest Products supplied 300 Premier ProSite hoarding boards to the project as well as posts, rails and ancillary timbers. The hoarding has been supplied in a classic, neutral colour; Premier Forest can supply the boards in different colours or with customer branding if required.
Premier ProSite is a medium density overlay (MDO) board with a low emission, resin impregnated exterior paper face, a smooth phenolic film reverse and finished sealed edges. The boards are supplied factory painted and sealed so they are ready-to-fit and quick to install – there is no need for on-site painting which saves both time and labour costs. FSC® certified, it is made from robust Scots Pine or Birch, which have higher strength, stability and a better quality finish than many other plywoods.
Dean Williams, Walters Environmental said, “We’re really pleased with the Premier ProSite hoarding that Premier Forest has provided. The boards arrived pre-painted and pre-sealed, which saved us quite a bit of time and effort on site.
“Given its highly visible location, we didn’t just want hoarding for security and pedestrian safety, it also had to look professional which is why Premier ProSite was perfect.”
Richard Pearce, Premier Forest Products said, “When Walters Environmental approached us about the project we knew Premier ProSite was exactly what they needed. Pre-sealed and pre-finished ready-to-fit, ProSite is manufactured to last for the duration of a project.”