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Pictures: The vision for Alexandra Palace theatre and BBC studios

PUBLISHED: 09:30 15 February 2015

The revitalised East Court of Alexandra Palace as it could look in a few years.

The revitalised East Court of Alexandra Palace as it could look in a few years.

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On the eve of the decision on plans for the overhaul of the East Court of Alexandra Palace, we take a look at the grand vision that could soon become reality.

An overview of proposed changes to the East Wing of Alexandra Palace.An overview of proposed changes to the East Wing of Alexandra Palace.

A revamped, light-filled East Court entrance will feature a cafe and act as the welcome to the BBC studios and Victorian theatre.

The BBC Foyer, or Grand Stair, would double as a screening space on the tour.The BBC Foyer, or Grand Stair, would double as a screening space on the tour.

The studios will form the centrepiece of the visitor experience. From the transformed grand staircase, visitors will view a screening of a short educational film charting the emergence of the BBC and the Palace’s place in broadcasting history.

An artist's impression of how the remodelled BBC Studio gallery could look.An artist's impression of how the remodelled BBC Studio gallery could look.

Interactive displays in the former studios will tell the story of television from 1836 to the race to “high-definition” transmission in 1936, then on to the role of TV in the digital age.

An artist's impression of how the remodelled BBC Studio A could look.An artist's impression of how the remodelled BBC Studio A could look.

The production gallery that sits between the former studios will offer access to the BBC’s historic archives, alongside a curated selection of related objects. A first-floor balcony will offer views across the park.

The restored Victorian theatre imagined as a concert venue.The restored Victorian theatre imagined as a concert venue.

Meanwhile the Victorian theatre will retain the faded glamour of “a hidden room lost in time”, cleverly intergrating a full technological upgrade.

Flexible seating arrangements would allow the restored Victorian theatre to be an in-the-round performance venue.Flexible seating arrangements would allow the restored Victorian theatre to be an in-the-round performance venue.

Its sloping wooden floor will be kept and relaid to provide a flexible base for a multitude of uses including new seating for traverse and promenade performances. Access will be via a mix of free and ticketed events.

Haringey’s planning committee will debate the scheme on Monday night.

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