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St David's Hall to stay closed until the New Year

St David's Hall will remain closed until into the New Year, Cardiff Council has announced.

The prestigious city centre venue was temporarily closed for checks on the reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) panels to be carried out and for necessary next steps to be taken.

The RAAC experts brought in by Cardiff Council to carry out the additional checks are nearing the end of their inspections, and their findings are due to be reported back to the local authority next week (week beginning 16 October).

Early indications show that work will be needed for the hall to reopen.

It means further performances will be postponed, and the council is contacting promoters and hirers to discuss potential rescheduling or relocating performances.

Customers are being asked not to contact St David's Hall, but to wait to be contacted about ticket purchases and postponed events.

Please check the St David's Hall website's news section for updates.

The council says the decision to temporarily close the hall was taken in light of the recent change to advice on RAAC in public buildings issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and following further discussions with the council's independent structural engineers and insurers.

In a press release, the council said: "We know this is causing a lot of inconvenience and disappointment, and we would again like to apologise to all our customers, but the safety of audiences, staff, artists, volunteers, and everyone at the venue is paramount, and that the Council is obliged to act in response to the updated HSE guidance and expert advice".

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