Alexandra Palace has always adapted to meet society’s changing needs for leisure and recreation, and to embrace the latest opportunities for entertainment. From roller-skating Victorians to ice skaters today, the site has evolved over time. Our Grade II listed, historic building is a landmark that needs constant maintenance. The ravages of time have taken their toll leaving many areas inaccessible.
Alexandra Palace has played a vital role in popular culture, inspiring visitors to explore their creativity and pursue their aspirations. Remaining true to our independent and eclectic heritage, we aim to restore, create and reimagine spaces; and deliver a programme of ground-breaking events that constantly surprises and entertains. We are working hard to find opportunities to bring these spaces back to life and together we can help build a sustainable future for the charity.
The East Wing Restoration Project is the biggest investment in the building for a generation. It was made possible by major grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Haringey Council, supported by charitable trusts, businesses and thousands of your donations. The project saw our Theatre brought back to life after 80 years and the transformation of the East Court into a spectacular new public space for the Palace and our community.
The project began in 2013 with the awarding of development funding, with construction beginning in 2016. The lead architects for the project were Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and lead contractors were Willmott Dixon.
The evolution of the Palace during this project went far beyond bricks and mortar. We found new ways to open up the Palace. Taking the pioneering spirit that saw the BBC launch television from studios at Alexandra Palace, we are collaborating with higher education and industry partners like Google Arts & Culture who helped digitise our recently rediscovered archive. We’re also working with the BBC to explore our legacy and our impact on the entertainment industry.
Alexandra Palace is a charity, run for the benefit of everyone. Our Park, Palace and spectacular events have been enriching lives since 1863, but the coronavirus pandemic has hit us hard. To be blunt, we are looking at a £1m shortfall this year and the same again next year. We know this time has been hard on many people but, if you can afford it, your support will help us get through this crisis.