PONTIO - Arts and Innovation in Bangor

The new Arts and Innovation Centre

Artists impression of the Pontio building

Bangor’s new arts and innovation centre Pontio will open its doors in 2014. Home to a mid-scale theatre, a studio theatre, a cinema, design and innovation centre, Students Union, spacious lecture theatres, social learning spaces, bar, café and more – this new building will reinvigorate the city centre.  


Live Webcams and galleries


Miller Construction are contracted to build the centre and you can see how the building work is progressing by viewing our live webcams. You might also like to view our image galleries of the Pontio site and building development.


What can you find in Pontio?


The main theatre will boast a flexible auditorium with the ability to transform the venue. From a 450-seat traditional proscenium-arch theatre experience, to theatre-in-the-round, to standing only gigs for 700+, this will be the first space of its kind in north west Wales.


The studio theatre will seat 120 for more intimate events as well as being an ideal venue for community-based activities and student societies, and the much anticipated 200-seat cinema will be supported by state-of-the-art facilities.


The design studio will boost the University’s cross-disciplinary teaching programmes and encourage collaborative work between students, staff and local businesses.


Pontio will also be home to the Student Union’s offices and student radio Storm FM, putting them back at the heart of the campus.


Throughout the Centre, new teaching and social learning spaces will be created to support a modern educational environment, along with digital showcase facilities to enable the display of work using the latest in digital technology.


As well as all this there will be places to eat, drink and relax. We hope you will enjoy discovering Pontio.

Pontio is part-funded through the Welsh Government's Strategic Capital Infrastructure Fund (SCIF), the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Arts Council of Wales.