Idea 4: Upgrading the Main Halls

In recent years, Alexandra Palace’s reputation and success as a venue for live events has grown significantly, attracting artists such as Jay-Z, Jack White and Florence and The Machine and key sporting events such as the Masters Snooker and World Championship Darts.

In order to capitalise on the growth of live events, we are looking to upgrade the main halls (Great Hall and West Hall) and modernise backstage areas to improve services for organisers and provide an even better experience for visitors.

The Great Hall

The Great Hall is a fine example of a Victorian concert hall and it houses the magnificent Willis organ, one of the largest in the country. The Great Hall is popular with many event organisers and performers and is one of the largest standing venues in London, with a standing capacity of more than 10,000 visitors. However the Great Hall requires significant investment to maximise its potential.

As a minimum, we plan to upgrade the lighting and make repairs to the glass roof to enhance the experience for visitors and to improve the backstage areas for performers.

Should further investment become available, we are also working up more ambitious design options for the Great Hall including the provision of improved and more flexible servicing, better acoustics, controlled daylight, zoning of space and improved energy efficiency.