Cambrian News photographer - Pantycelyn was closed in the summer of 2015

THE cost of plans to reopen a historic Welsh-language hall at Aberystwyth University has soared to £12 million – but the scheme remains a “priority” and will be completed by September next year, the institution’s council has said.

The Cambrian news reported “The Pantycelyn Project Board, set up in the wake of protests over plans to close the hall on Penglais hill and move Welsh-language students to the new multi-million-pound Penglais Farm development and at Penbryn, handed in its final report last year and recommended that £10,440,000 was spent on completely renovating the building, which have been dedicated Welsh-language halls since 1973 and were home to Prince Charles during his time as a student in Aberystwyth.

Since the 200 en-suite bedrooms with full catering provision and social spaces plan was given the go-ahead subject to securing funding, the costs have risen by over £1.5m according to a report put before council members in November – the minutes of which have just been made available.

The minutes for the meeting show that “the most recent estimates indicated that the cost of refurbishing Pantycelyn would be £12m”, but does not explain why the cost has risen” here.

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