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36 PROJECT REPORT: HERITAGE & HISTORIC BUILDINGS


Image courtesy of Willmott Dixon


won’t be arrested decay but it won’t be super modern either.”


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Project: Alexandra Palace restoration Location: North London Construction cost: £26.7m Client: The Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios Structural engineer: Alan Baxter Associates


Theatre designer: Charcoalblue M&E: Max Fordham LLP Cost consultant: Mott MacDonald Main contractor: Willmott Dixon


The creation of a revitalised public space in the East Court with its glazed roof will house a flexible space for learning and participation, where visitors will be able to learn about the Park and Palace’s history. A careful approach will be vital through- out the work, and Wright has pinned a notice on the wall of the theatre reading ‘The Theatre is 150 years old. Treat it with respect’. “People think because it looks wrecked they can just leave stuff leaning against the walls,” protests Dowling.


Reviving TV’s birthplace


The overall project is valued at £26.7m, but the third phase of the scheme comprising the restoration of the historic BBC studios will start at a later date. In 1936, these studios gave birth to a new era of television broadcasting. The Palace team are currently setting out a project plan and timeframe for the studios as part of the


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The restored theatre will operate in several different modes to accommodate traditional productions but also theatre-in-the-round style performances


next phase of restoration works. The theatre restoration and East Wing should be complete by next summer, with a view to the revamped Alexandra Palace re-opening in the autumn of 2018.


The restored theatre will operate in several different modes, from a traditional production to theatre-in-the-round style, with the audience surrounding the stage. The venue’s capacity will range from 800 to 1,300 and, once opened, it will start gener- ating income that will help enable the final part of the restoration works. 


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