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Alexandra Palace, the iconic Grade II listed entertainment and leisure destination, has commenced a schedule of phased essential repair works to its South Terrace, East Buildings and Victorian Theatre roof.

The critical works, managed by Mott MacDonald, have been jointly funded by English Heritage and Alexandra Palace and are expected to be completed in the summer of 2013.

Duncan Wilson OBE, Chief Executive for Alexandra Palace and Park said: ‘We are delighted that we are able to make a start on our programme of repair and restoration of the Palace.

‘These significant works will enable us to bring derelict space within the Palace back to life and to restore our external appearance.

‘This initial repair work demonstrates our commitment to restoring the historic fabric of the Palace and will help us realise our long-term vision of a sustainable Palace and Park.’

Built as the “People’s Palace” in 1873, Alexandra Palace continues to entertain its visitors with an eclectic mix of live music, sport, cultural events and exhibitions despite more than 40% of the Palace being in a derelict or unusable state.

Paddy Pugh, English Heritage’s Planning and Conservation Director for London, said:  ‘Alexandra Palace is one of North London’s best-known and most loved historic buildings.

‘English Heritage is delighted to have been able to provide funds for investigative works and urgent repairs to the South Terrace and a number of the Palace’s roofs.

‘This repair work is essential in securing the future of this historically significant building for the people.’

This essential work supports the Palace’s future regeneration plans as recognised in a spatial masterplan developed by the internationally renowned architects Terry Farrell and Partners for Alexandra Palace and Park Trust, who manage the Park and Palace.

The masterplan has identified six key areas in need of transformation to ensure for future use and conservation of the Palace.

These areas include: improving your first impressions, upgrading the Palace’s entrances, making it easier to move around inside, upgrading the main halls, a hotel in the South Terrace, and opening up the derelict spaces.

For more information about Alexandra Palace’s regeneration plans click here