Leslie Jones scores Golden hat-trick

Leslie Jones Architecture’s team were in triumphant spirits last night after Queensberry’s Friars Walk, Newport scooped arguably the most prestigious award in the retail calender – the third year in a row a Leslie Jones designed project has taken home a Revo Gold Award.

Friars Walk won 'New Centre' at the Revo Gold Awards 2016. Developed by Queensberry, the modern 390,000 sq ft centre has played a pivotal role in re-defining the Welsh city's future. Friars Walk was made possible by a unique public-private partnership that saw Newport City Council provide Queensberry with access to a loan to fund the scheme.

Brian Tracey, Director at Leslie Jones said: "The opening of Friars Walk marked a new era for Newport, attracting some of the UK's most popular high street names. As a result, the city centre has been totally transformed with the positive knock-on effect significantly boosting Newport's economy.

"For the design, we took inspiration from the surrounding Welsh language and Newport's historic architecture, which incorporate slate, timber, steel and glass. This further reinforces the scheme's position within the architectural context of Newport, while being both functional and aspirational for the public and occupiers alike.

"We're immensely proud to have been a part of unlocking Newport's potential, and this award reflects the expertise and dedication of the whole project team."

Last year, intu Eldon Square won in the 'refurbishment and extensions over £5 million' category for its programme of modernisation, which was designed by Leslie Jones.

And, in 2014, Old Market, Hereford which was designed by Leslie Jones and Allies & Morrison, also won 'New Centre'.