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Aberystwyth University Approve Upgrade to Student Hall

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Aberystwyth University has approved a £12m package as part of its plans to refurbish its historic Pantycelyn student halls.

The University's Council agreed to fund the upgrade, which includes developing 200 en-suite rooms as well public social spaces.

The refurbished hall is expected to re-open in September 2019.

Now funding has been agreed, the University will resubmit a planning application to Ceredigion County Council after a request to include a sprinkler system as part of the fire strategy for the building.

The Welsh Government has earmarked £5m towards the project as part of its wider 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.

Commenting on the plans, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams, said: "Pantycelyn has a long and distinguished history and I'm pleased that plans are in place to reopen the halls by 2019".

"Subject to final approvals, this funding from our 21st Century Schools and Education Programme has the potential to transform the halls and offer a modern new home for future generations of students."