Albert Hall's uni potential
A LANDMARK city centre venue could be given a new lease of life.
The Albert Hall on Craddock Street has been vacant since its last occupants, the Mecca Bingo Club, left more than five years ago.
But Swansea Metropolitan University is understood to be considering possible uses for the empty building, which stands next to its Dynevor Centre for Art, Design and Media.
A spokesman said: "The university is still exploring the potential opportunities offered through redevelopment of the Albert Hall and is working with key stakeholders to this end.
"It is currently working on the completion of the Alex Building within the city as well as the considerable work undertaken on its campuses around the city.
"The university is committed to the current and future prosperity of Swansea as a first choice destination for students within the region and further afield."
The Albert Hall has served many purposes since it was built in 1864, including music hall and cinema, but its future has been uncertain.
Last year, a campaign to safeguard the Albert Hall was launched, and attracted support from all over the world.
Campaigner Ian Howells, originally from Penclawdd, said he had canvassed neighbouring businesses and claimed they wanted the building to be used.
An internet campaign received messages of support from as far away as New Zealand.
Last week, an online campaign was launched to preserve another city centre landmark, The Palace Theatre in High Street.