South West Wales

Swansea's Albert Hall could become student accommodation

Albert Hall, Swansea Image copyright Google

A 152-year-old Swansea landmark could be given a new lease of life, with plans to renovate the city's Albert Hall.

It may not boast the heritage of its more illustrious London namesake, but speakers and performers at the Craddock Street hall included Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and David Lloyd George.

Swansea council has received a planning inquiry to convert the upper floors into student accommodation, with retail proposed for the ground floor.

The hall has stood empty since 2007.

The Grade II-listed building was first opened as a music hall in 1864.

Councillor Rob Stewart, leader of Swansea council, said: "Although the Albert Hall is a privately-owned listed building that we don't have responsibility for, we'll do all we can to help the private owners bring the building back into sustainable use.

"This is important because it's an historically significant building right in the heart of the city centre that we'd like to see preserved and protected for years to come."

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