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German firm takes on Crystal Palace park

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German architectural practice Latz + Partner has been appointed to masterplan the redevelopment of Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace Park in south-east London

German architectural practice Latz + Partner has been appointed to masterplan the redevelopment of Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace Park in south-east London.

The scheme, awarded by the London Development Agency (LDA) in partnership with Design for London (DfL) will include the restoration of one of the famous Paxton fountains and the renovation of the park’s concert bowl.

There will also be a treetop walkway, aquarium, and tropical and subtropical glasshouses, as well as the restoration of the park’s cricket pitch and the installation of new sunken gardens along the terrace.

The park was designed by Paxton to house his much-acclaimed Crystal Palace following its removal from its original 1851 Great Exhibition site in Hyde Park. The palace was destroyed by fire in 1936.

Director of Design for London Peter Bishop said: ‘This park is of huge significance, not just for the local community in south London but for the whole of the capital. It is a park of great historical importance – both as a recreational attraction and as an exemplar of ground-breaking, cutting-edge design.

‘The LDA's masterplan will return many of Paxton's original concepts which have been lost through successive redesigns over time, but crucially it will also enhance the park and continue that tradition of innovative design with cutting-edge concepts such as the roof-top walkway.’

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