£900,000 renovation work on Pwllheli’s Neuadd Dwyfor nears completion

The new foyer of the Neuadd Dwyfor building

Submitted by Gwynedd Council

The Neuadd Dwyfor renovation project is coming to an end and residents will soon have the chance to see the exciting developments after a long period of closure.

Many people in the Llŷn area missed the library, theater and cinema at Neuadd Dwyfor, in Pwllheli, Gwynedd. Gwynedd Council, which owns the building, hopes that after the long wait, residents will welcome the changes that have been made to the building.

The improvement works, which have been funded by substantial capital investment by Gwynedd Council and additional grants from the Welsh Government, include:

  • a complete overhaul of the library area and the installation of new shelving
  • the creation of an accessible WC on the ground floor
  • balcony and auditorium seating upgrade
  • create an inviting space with seating and a coffee bar in the foyer
  • new meeting rooms and flexible space to allow people to work remotely from Neuadd Dwyfor rather than having to travel to the office.

As the refurbishment works come to an end, the aim is to reopen and welcome users back to the Library on Monday 14 February, with the Theater and Cinema offering a program of events in the coming weeks. Home improvement work is nearing completion with a new logo design for Neuadd Dwyfor by Gringo of Penygroes, Gwynedd, installed by Sarah Wray of Pwllheli, now adorning the doors and wall.

Councilor Gareth Thomas, Cabinet Member of Gwynedd Council for Economy and Community, said: ‘We know people have waited patiently for the new look Neuadd Dwyfor to open, and we are delighted that most of the work are now complete.

“Initially, the upgraded Neuadd Dwyfor library and foyer will open, with the final touches then being made to the theater and cinema.

“The new library will offer the same range of library services, including borrowing all kinds of books, use of public computers and Wi-Fi, and we will also have a brand new children’s section which will be ideal for story times and nursery rhyme and baby song sessions. We will be sharing details of story times on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as how to book.

A new Neuadd Dwyfor website will also be available soon with a varied and entertaining program to accommodate everyone, with the opportunity for everyone to enjoy a pre-show drink in our new lounges.

Nia Gruffydd, Gwynedd Council Libraries Manager added: “Our staff are very pleased with the improvements that have taken place so far at Neuadd Dwyfor, and are delighted that this historic listed building has benefited from an investment to improve facilities.

“While we look forward to the reopening of Neuadd Dwyfor, further works will be underway in 2022 – which will not impact public enjoyment of the facility.

“Replacement entrance doors will be installed and moisture treatment will be carried out to maintain the building for the future. Further restoration work will also be carried out on the exterior walls to ensure that this magnificent red building in Pwllheli town center will stand and thrive for the next hundred years.

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