Plans to convert the former university campus in Caerleon into hundreds of homes have taken a major step forward, with demolition work underway.

The site, which was sold by the University of South Wales to Redrow Homes for £6.2 million, is subject to a large scale plan which would see more than 200 homes built on the edge of Newport.

In recent months, planning hurdles have been passed, which have led the way for the next step in the process – the demolition of existing buildings.

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Pictures shared on social media on Tuesday show that demolition work has already begun at the site.

It appears that large chunks of the Rathmell Building have already been demolished, with crews remaining on site to continue this work.

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The former arts and design building opened in 1985 and was unique in that it made use of steel and glass, in an art deco style.

However, as part of the redevelopment plans, the building, named after former vice-principal Thomas Rathmell, was not granted listed status – unlike the more well known parts of the campus.

It was first opened as a teaching college in 1914, and then called Monmouthshire Training College. Eventually it became the University of Wales, Newport, which in 2016, merged with the University of Glamorgan to create the University of South Wales.

But, as part of this union, the Caerleon campus closed its doors.

With the site no longer an active teaching site, the building has been used in recent years as a principal filming location for hit Netflix programme Sex Education.

The third season of the hit show recently aired, to critical acclaim – and many of the scenes were filmed across the south, including those at Caerleon campus.

Following the closure, the site has been used by production Eleven Films, and since 2018, Sex Education has been filmed here.

In the background, longer term discussions have been underway to find a long term plan for the site.

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Two years ago, the sale to Redrow Homes was confirmed, and despite objections by local residents, plans to build 220 homes here were given the green light.

According to planning documents, the Edwardian main building, which is listed, will be incorporated into the scheme.

It is thought that the main building will be converted into apartment buildings, with the historic frontage retained.

But, with Sex Education having been renewed for a fourth series, it is unclear what the future holds for the site as a filming location.

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