Lottery money boost to Alexandra Palace regeneration plans to re-open BBC studios
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Alexandra Palace is a huge leap closer to securing its future as a “treasure for the whole of Haringey” after a unanimous decision to award the “People’s Palace” more than £800,000 in funding.
The Heritage Lottery Fund today (Thursday) announced it was awarding the palace £844,800 in development-phase funding – the biggest show of confidence in the venue’s future in living memory.
The funding will now allow Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust to expand on its multi-million plans, which include bringing the theatre back into use and refurbishing the former BBC television studios into a visitor experience.
It is hoped the fund will then throw its full support behind the scheme and grant Ally Pally £16.8million in further funding to allow it to complete the required construction works.
This amount will make up the major part of a £23.9million project which will transform the eastern end of the palace, making accessible to the public the most historically significant – yet currently derelict and inaccessible – parts of the building.
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Chief executive Duncan Wilson said this was a “significant moment” in the future of the palace.
“Finally we can plan with confidence to bring back to life the glorious Victorian theatre and the historic BBC studios,” he said.
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“The ‘People’s Palace’ in its entirety can now become a reality and we are thrilled that the fund have endorsed our plans for its future in this way.”
Less than a decade ago Alexandra Palace’s future hung in the balance, with plans to turn it into a casino only being dropped after widespread public outrage and a High Court battle.
Matt Cooke, chairman of the APPCT board, said: “This HLF funding will not only re-open derelict areas to full use and access, but will give a massive boost to the whole-site regeneration of one of London’s most exciting buildings.”