Restoration Plans for Alexandra Palace in North London
Alexandra Palace, known locally as ‘Ally Pally’, is set to be restored by one of Britain’s most renowned architects, Terry Farrell & Partners.
The 140 year old, Grade II listed palace, situated between Muswell Hill and Wood Green in North London, has had a turbulent history. Two fires brought most of the Palace to rubble in 1873 and 1980, along with a continuous lack of funding for regeneration projects which has meant that half of the building is currently derelict.
The Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust is hoping that this new investment and design project put forward by Sir Terry Farrell, the brains behind the M16 building in Vauxhall, will help get Alexandra Palace up and running to it’s full potential.
Currently, Alexandra Palace hosts large scale events such as The Masters Snooker and the PDC World Darts Championship, not to mention countless music gigs and TV programmes such as the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow – somewhat unsurprising as Ally Pally became famous for broadcasting the first BBC transmission back in 1936.
However, the much loved, ‘people’s palace’ needs to lift it’s supposed ‘curse’ and bring in a more financially sustainable model. Here’s hoping that the new regeneration project will help preserve the Palace’s underlying yearly deficit of £1.5 million, so that those who already enjoy the greenery of Alexandra Park grounds, and facilities such as the Ice Rink and Restaurant can explore even more of this beautiful North London landmark.