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Long-delayed Grimshaw arts complex 'set for phased opening'

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Bangor University is preparing to open its Grimshaw Architects’ designed Pontio arts complex - more than two years later than originally planned

The north Wales college has scheduled two theatre performances at the end of this month as the £25million centre’s first indoor events, but it is has also pledged to run tours of the venue over the coming weeks.

The university won planning approval for the Pontio in 2010. Work on the five-level complex - which includes a main theatre, studio theatre, cinema, a bar, and a restaurant - started on site the following year (see AJ 19.01.11).

But multiple delays in the building schedule centre saw its opening pushed back from the original target of spring 2013.

Further hold-ups with the venue’s hand-over resulted in the cancellation of events scheduled for late 2014 and a run of Welsh-language drama Chwalfa that had been scheduled for February this year.

So far two performances of the children’s theatre production Saer y Sêr and one screening of the film Orion: The Man Who Would Be King are the only scheduled events.

A university spokeswoman said the new venue had yet to be fully handed over by its contractors, but that a phased opening was envisaged.

‘There is a programme of events coming out for December onwards,’ she said.

Previous story (AJ 08.10.14)

Grimshaw arts complex hit with new delays

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