– New arts and innovation centre and students’ union delayed until 2015
– Tickets to be refunded
Tuesday 16th September brought the news – devastating to some – that the long-awaited Pontio building would not be opening this year. The news this follows earlier delays, when the front of the building wasn’t complete by 22nd August, it’s projected opening date. Pontio officials have now released a statement stating that the building will not open until February 2015.
Bangor University’s Vice Chancellor Professor John G. Hughes has said,
“I fully recognise everyone’s disappointment at this further delay, but given the delays in the building schedule to date we have no other choice. The building was due to be completed in sections, with the first section to be ready by August 22nd, however we are still waiting for this work to be finished.”
Good news for those that bought tickets though, as they are to receive a full refund, as well as a £5 voucher to use towards any future performances in the Bryn Terfel Theatre. Additionally those who were to attend the Opening Gala will receive a refund and will be given priority to purchase tickets for a new Gala event and will be contacted by the box office staff. The production of Garw will be relocated this October and the Pontio team are working on relocating events organised as part of the ‘My Friend Dylan Thomas’ Festival as well. Pontio performances at other university venues will go ahead as planned.
Professor Hughes also added:
“our priority is on working with the contractor, Miller, to complete the building and deliver a high-quality artistic opening programme.”
But, what does this mean for us students? When will the student union portion of Pontio be open? Nothing has yet been said about this. It’s not a huge concern for the running of the SU, but some clubs and societies will want to know if they will be relocating and others will want to know when they can make use of the venue. Past and present students have been promised a new student union for the good part of a decade now and the completion of the building has, as a result, become an ongoing joke between students. This new delay is sure to add fuel to that fire. This being said it might make us appreciate it all the more when it’s finally finished.
Seren wish Pontio and contractor Miller all the best in its continuing building works. We hope to see you opened up in February!