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Chris Dyson wins planning for new Crystal Palace park café

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Chris Dyson Architects has won planning for a new park café in Crystal Palace park, South London

The £930,000 scheme is part of a package of improvement works for the grade I-listed parkland and is set to replace the existing café in the park’s south east corner. A high-profile competition to recreate Joseph Paxton’s landmark Crystal Palace building at the opposite end of the park was abandoned earlier this year (see AJ 26.02.15).

The new two-storey 348m2 building will house a café and terrace with an event space above.

Clad in shingles, the café’s façade material has been chosen to reflect the scaled-skin of the park’s famous model dinosaurs nearby.

The scheme by the 2014 AJ Small Project winner is set to start on site in March 2016.


The architect’s view

The new building is situated in the same location as the existing cafe but its orientation has been shifted to be perpendicular to the park’s central axis. By doing this the building becomes the centre point of a new universally accessible route between the central axis and the lakeside path.


Project data

Location Crystal Palace Park, South London
Type of project cafe
Architect Chris Dyson Architects
Structural engineer Morton Partnership
Client Bromley Borough Council
Funding Bromley Borough Council and GLA
Tender date January 2016
Start on site date March 2016
Contract duration 1 year
Gross internal floor area 348m2
Form of contract and/or procurement JCT IFC with CDP
Total cost £930,000
M&E consultant NLG Associates
Quantity surveyor Cinns
Landscape architect Kinnear Landscape Architects
Dinosaur interpretation Objectif
Main contractor TBC


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