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Snowdon visitors' centre is named
New cafe impression

The name of the new £8.3m visitors' centre on the summit of Snowdon, Wales' highest mountain, has been revealed as Hafod Eryri.

Snowdonia National Park Authority members voted in a secret ballot from a choice of more than 400.

The centre will replace the demolished mountain cafe once called Britain's highest slum by Prince Charles.

Eryri in English is Snowdonia but there is no translation for Hafod, an old Welsh term for residence on high land.

People from Wales, Europe, America and the Middle East had made suggestions for the new building.

Those already received by the BBC include Caffe Cymylog (Cloudy Cafe), Coffi Cymylog (Cloudy Coffee), Summit Special, Dragons Den, Snowdrop Cafe, Coron y Mynydd (Crown of the Mountain) and Eryr Wen (White Eagle).

Phil Mosert
The phone rang to say that I had won the competition and I had forgotten all about it
Phil Mosert

Runner-up was Pen Wyddfa (top of Snowdon in English) and third was Copa (summit). In total 422 names were put forward.

Winner Phil Mosert from Harlech said he was "shocked" to discover one of his suggestions had been picked.

"I was working at home this afternoon and the phone rang to say that I had won the competition, and I had forgotten all about it.

"I had sent a list of names in and evidently one of them pleased the people who know better than I do about the name they wanted for the building," he added.

David Archer, project manager for the centre, said the authority's priorities had been to come up with a memorable name easy for visitors to pronounce, which could be used in branding the building, and which was Welsh.

"I suppose it will be shortened to 'Hafod'," said Mr Archer. "That's an easily pronounceable name that will be picked up by people."

He added the authority was hoping that the term 'cafe' would not be used for the new centre once it opens in 2008.

"It's more than somewhere where you can just have a quick cup of tea. There's a lot more to experience than simply going into a cafe."

Members voted on their favourite in a secret ballot and the name with the largest numbers of votes was announced.

The mountain railway is being used to take building materials to the summit.

The name will be carved into the stone within the next few weeks.

The new centre is being constructed in Queensferry, will then be transported to Llanberis next spring. It will be officially opened in 2008.

The assembly government has given £3m to the project and another £4m has come from European Objective One funds. A further £350,000 was raised by a public appeal.

The old summit building was built in 1935 and designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, the founder of the Italianate village Portmeirion.

The new centre will have facilities giving visitors the chance to learn more about Wales' highest mountain and its environment.

It will also provide weather information, advice on routes as well as refreshments and shelter.

"We had over 400 suggestions which made life very difficult"

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