Alexandra Palace has unveiled the most up-to-date designs for its multimillion pound regeneration of its eastern end.
The designs have been created by the award-winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) and are on display at a free exhibition in the Palace’s Ice Rink entrance until 7 October 2014.
Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive for Alexandra Park and Palace said: “Following a successful period of consultation with local residents, community groups and local councillors, our Heritage Lottery Fund supported project designs have now reached a stage in their development where we can show them to people in more detail.
“This exhibition has not only provided people the opportunity to view the designs that will reawaken the most historically significant areas of the Palace including the BBC Studios and the Victorian Theatre but to talk with our regeneration team about them before they are submitted to Haringey Council for planning permission later this year.”
The display has taken viewers on a visual journey using computer generated images which show the vision for the eastern end of the Palace including details of the interior refurbishment, external landscaping and the multi-faceted learning and community programme.
The exhibition showed how the East Court will become the main arrival space and focal point for the eastern end of the Palace linking together the Theatre, BBC Studios, Ice Rink and Park.
The designs for the Victorian Theatre show how it will be refurbished as an adaptable theatrical space with a levelled floor which can be used for a wide range of cultural, community and commercial purposes including theatre, cinema, live music, conferences and weddings.
They also reveal that the Theatre will retain its unique atmosphere by conserving key heritage aspects including the ceiling, decorative plaster work and balcony.
Designs for the BBC Studios set out how we will tell the history of popular entertainment at Alexandra Palace, from Victorian theatre through to the birth of television broadcasting to new media technologies of tomorrow.
The plans also include details of an area where visitors will be able to learn about new multi-media techniques and systems as well as also being able to create their own personalised content.
Duncan continued: “Alexandra Palace is a much loved North London landmark and we want to make sure that our neighbours, local community members and Park and Palace visitors are fully aware of the detail of our plans.
“We hope people will be as excited as we are by them.”
Since the exhibition opened on 27 September, more than 1500 people have visited the exhibition with many providing positive feedback on the HLF project’s regeneration plans.
Some visitor comments have included: “[The project is] a thoughtful, imaginative use of a local landmark bringing it into the 21st century”, “Just delighted with the proposals to improve such a valuable resource in our community. Looking forward to it happening.” and “It would be a tragedy if [this project] didn’t go ahead”.
To find out the exhibition’s opening hours please visit Alexandra Palace’s website: http://www.alexandrapalace.com/whats-on/heritage-lottery-fund-project-exhibition/