ALEXANDRA PALACE ANNOUNCES DESIGN TEAM FOR REFURBISHMENT OF HISTORIC BBC STUDIOS AND VICTORIAN THEATRE
Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust have announced the appointment of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) as the lead designers for the Palace’s Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supported regeneration project.
Working in conjunction with Mott MacDonald as project manager and cost consultants, the award-winning architects will see the iconic destination’s most important historic features refurbished and refitted providing a new state of the art cultural space in London with a special identity.
Matt Cooke, Chair of the Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust said: “In the coming few years Alexandra Palace will become the site of one of the most exciting heritage projects in Europe.
“When completed, these new facilities will also allow for the growth of Alexandra Palace’s very successful events programme into new areas, making Alexandra Palace of even greater significance for Haringey’s and London’s cultural offer.”
A significant element of the HLF project will see the BBC studios transformed into an interactive centre for education displaying digital imagery and artefacts important to the history of broadcast television at Alexandra Palace.
Tony Hall CBE, BBC Director General expressed his support for the plans which will showcase the BBC’s history at Alexandra Palace including the world’s first high definition public television broadcast in 1936.
He said: “The BBC’s time at Alexandra Palace was revolutionary. I am pleased that this remarkable period, when the BBC led the world in pioneering a new medium which has had such an impact on everyone’s lives, will be showcased at the very site where broadcast history was made.”
Alongside the BBC, FCBS will also be working with other leading cultural partners including the Science Museum and the National Media Museum to ensure a complementary approach will be taken to tell the remarkable story of early entertainment, drawing on their rich resources where appropriate.
They will also bring to the project a wealth of experience of marrying the old with the best of the new with recent projects including work on internationally important heritage sites such as Windsor Castle, Bath Abbey and Theatre Royal Bath.
Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive for Alexandra Palace said: “We are thrilled to be working with leading architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios on what will be the most ambitious project the Palace has seen since in recent years.
“FCBS track record in delivering innovative and sustainable designs in a historic context is exciting and I am very much looking forward to working with them to realise our vision for the revival of Alexandra Palace’s Victorian theatre and the television studios which first broadcast to the public back in 1936.”
Andy Theobald, Lead Architect Feilden Clegg Badley Studios expressed the firm’s delight in being selected to lead the next stage of the HLF bid.
He said: “Our great challenge is to reinterpret and sympathetically bring together the Palace’s Victorian ideal of mass entertainment and make it relevant for users for the next 100 years.
“We are convinced that the only way to do this is through using modern technology, audience participation and a future-facing programme of events which welcome people from all communities to enjoy this wonderful place.”