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Aberystwyth Refurb Project Faces Delays

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Work to refurbish Pantycelyn Hall at Aberystwyth University has been delayed by a year.

The project will create 200 en-suite bedrooms, with Chancellor and Chair of Council Sir Emyr Parry highlighting the decision reflected the university's commitment to the Welsh language and culture.

The halls of residences have been a dedicated Welsh-language hall since 1973 and was once home to Prince Charles during his time as a student in Aberystwyth in 1969.

It was originally hoped that the work would be completed in time for the 2019-20 academic year, with the Pantycelyn project Board and student leaders saying they were disappointed that the scheme was delayed.

The board was created in the wake of protests over plans to close the halls and move students to a new Penglais Farm development.

A statement released by the university, commenting on the delays, said: "It has become clear following further surveys and detailed discussions with architects and contractors that the challenges of redeveloping this Grade 2 listed building mean the original aim of reopening the building in September 2019 is not achievable."

"To allow the work to be carried out sympathetically, to a high standard and on budget, the first students will now move into their rooms in September 2020."

"There have been unforeseen pressures on the timetable, including the need to include a comprehensive sprinkler system in the plans."

For the upcoming 2019-20 academic year, students can choose to join a Welsh-speaking community in designated accommodation at either Pantycelyn-Penbryn or Fferm Penglais, with the opportunity of moving to the refurbished halls in September 2020.