Known as a music, sporting and exhibition venue hosting the likes of Stone Roses, the Masters snooker and various exhibitions that encompass antiques to tattoos, Alexandra Palace - in north London - is set to receive £27m in funding to restore the currently unused East Wing of the impressive building.
Approximately £19m is coming from the Heritage Lottery Fund with the rest being put up by Haringey Council and work is expected to be completed in 2017.
Along with hosting an impressive list of sporting and cultural events it is where the BBC first transmitted its first public broadcast in 1936. This will be reflected in the new plans with space dedicated to “an immersive birthplace-of-TV experience” along with wider performance space further cementing it as a centre for culture.
Alexandra Palace, viewed from the south
Speaking to EN (Exhibition News) The new Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust chief executive Louise Stewart, said: “Almost half of Alexandra Palace is still inaccessible to the public. When we’re finished, Alexandra Palace’s eclectic history will finally come alive. It will be about Britain’s innovators and pioneers, about cinema, comedy, opera, plays as well as the music, award-winning parkland, views and ice skating we’re famous for today.”
The project is being overseen charitable trust with construction firm Willmott Dixon being chosen to carry on the restoration and building work and still need to raise £1m to complete the project. For more details on how you can help please go to their website.
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