[First look] Terry Farrell + Partners has unveiled its masterplan for the transformation of London’s iconic Alexandra Palace
The regeneration plans which started public consultation this week set out a vision for the 1873 building’s transformation into a new hub for culture, community events, learning and recreation.
Plans for the Grade II-listed building include restoration of the Victorian theatre, a new hotel and the opening up of Ally Pally’s BBC television studios.
Improvements to public realm and restoration of the structure’s basement have also been proposed. Donald Insall Associates is working on the building’s conservation.
Alexandra Park & Palace Charitable Trust chief executive Duncan Wilson said: ‘In much the same way as the South Bank has carved a cultural niche for itself in London over the last few years, we have a vision to create a vibrant cultural and recreational People’s Palace north of the river.
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Farrell snaps up ‘Ally Pally’ masterplan job
Terry Farrell and Partners has been appointed to masterplan the long-term regeneration of north London’s famous Alexandra Palace
The west London-based practice will initially deliver a strategic spatial masterplan for the Grade II-listed Italianate building which was wrecked by fire in 1980 and was later earmarked for a failed, mixed-use redevelopment by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson in 2006.
Designed by architect John Johnson with civil engineer Alfred Meeson, the 1873 building opened as a recreation, education and entertainment venue and is part-way through a £320,000 English Heritage-funded restoration which started last year.
The iconic, hilltop red brick structure features a broadcast antenna and is currently used as an exhibition centre, music venue and conference centre and hosted gigs by Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead and The Stone Roses in the past.
Farrells with WSP was appointed by building owner Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust to masterplan the site’s regeneration following a competitive tendering process and will exhibit its designs to the public in May.
Terry Farrell said: ‘It is amazing to think that 30 years after designing the temporary pavilion there, my practice now has the opportunity to shape the future, which we believe will be a very exciting one.’
Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust chief executive Duncan Wilson added: ‘We are delighted to be working with Terry Farrell & Partners and look forward to them interpreting our vision for Alexandra Palace by creating imaginative and practical design concepts for this historic place.’
Aukett Fitzroy Robinson’s £55 million mixed-use scheme to redevelop the site as a hotel, casino, cinema and exhibition centre leisure complex for developer Firoka was shot down following a high court appeal in 2010.
Farrell reveals Ally Pally plans