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Masterplanning for a sustainable future for Alexandra Palace moves a step closer at the start of 2011, following the appointment of Locum Consulting to carry out an Options Analysis and Feasibility Study.

The study, which will inform a future Masterplanning Exercise, will assess and outline viable content options for the Palace & Park that take into account customer demand, brand alignment and sustainable commercial viability, as well as the heritage and iconic building and park status of the site.

Appointed by the Alexandra Park & Palace Regeneration Working Group (APPRWG), which was created by the Alexandra Park & Palace Board of Trustees (APPCT) last autumn, Locum will report back on 1 April 2011 with a set of options for feasible future uses for the different parts of the site.

Proposals will assess the capital costs, development time frames and identify potential future partners, giving enough detail to enable Alexandra Palace to approach potential funders, partners and operators.

Their report will be informed by a consultation with key stakeholders, draw on information from previous studies and will include recommendations on:

  • Existing and future site usage
  • Tenant mix
  • Socio-economic and commercial implications

Announcing the appointment, Cllr Pat Egan, Chair of The Trust said: “This study will give us a fresh, up to date and deeper understanding of the possibilities for an Alexandra Palace of the future which the whole community can be proud of. It follows on from the work we did last year, which included extensive stakeholder consultation and which enabled us to define a vision for the site in the future. The work Locum is about to undertake will provide a route map to plan the regeneration we want to deliver and is an essential first step to ensure we proceed along the right course.”

Locum Consulting has a wealth of relevant experience which has been brought to bear successfully on a number of similar high profile regeneration projects. These range from Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent, which is now a thriving commercial, residential and leisure destination for locals and visitors, to the Winter Gardens at Blackpool, where Locum helped to secure funding of £38m, allowing Blackpool Council to acquire the site and start a programme of investment in its conference and entertainment facilities.

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