The historic Lysaght Institute in Newport is reopening following a £3 million refurbishment. The Institute was first opened in 1928 for the workforce of the Orb Steelworks and quickly became an integral part of the community. It then fell into a state of disrepair and was closed in 2001. Today the iconic 'Stute', as it's affectionally known, is opening up for the ballroom's first tea dance in decades with invited members of the local community who danced there in its heyday.
The building is the cornerstone of a £50 million development of Lysaght Parc by Linc Crymru. A great number of local residents remember the building from its glory days when it was a key part of their day-to-day lives. The developers were keen that its illustrious past was not lost in its refurbishment, but incorporated into a modern community hub.
– Lorraine Richards, Community Liaison Group
It's great the community can finally access Lysaght once again. It was such a pivotal building for members of the community all those years ago and to have it restored is just fantastic.
The Lysaght Institute will be available as a venue for the community to hold their special events and for local people to take part in classes. It also has a meeting and training room, an IT suite, a new community coffee shop, childcare provision and a fully equipped commercial kitchen. There will be an Open Day on Thursday 8 November for local people to have a look around the building.