These are exciting times for Alexandra Palace and its Victorian
theatre. For the first time in the 10 years since Friends of the
Alexandra Palace Theatre was set up, there is a real chance of
sympathetic development of the Palace and Park. A regeneration project
to revive the fortunes of Alexandra Palace is now well under way, led
by the Alexandra Palace Charitable Trust and fully backed by Haringey
Council, the trustee of the charity.
Considerable work has been already done to set out the framework for
regeneration. There will be three main areas for development. First,
to shore up and expand the commercial activity of the Palace, based on
the western end and the Great and West halls, improving the facilities
for concerts and music, which is becoming the anchor activity.
Second, to develop a hotel and restaurant complex on the site now
occupied by the temporary Panorama Room - as was originally envisaged
when the Palace was rebuilt after the 1980 fire.
And third, to bring back in use the derelict areas at the east of the
building, the Theatre and former BBC studios block and the basements.
This will be both for commercial uses, but also they will be the main
focus for community and educational uses of the Palace. These will be
very important in accessing grants and lottery funds for part of the
Here is where you as a supporter of Friends of the Theatre come in.
Alexandra Palace is currently conducting an extensive consultation of
its outline plans, to gauge people's support and invite their
comments. The size of the response and level of support will greatly
strengthen their ability to advance the case for regeneration.
And more particularly, a show of enthusiastic support for refurbishing
and bringing back into use the theatre will immeasurably improve
prospects for an outline bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the
theatre in November. Ideas and comments will be gratefully received.
PLEASE FILL IN THE CONSULTATION FORM
and and encourage others to do
so if you can. The forms are available online
(or link in full: http://www.alexandrapalace.com/about-us/regeneration/).
Paper forms are also available at the Palace, along with displays and further
information on the regeneration project, and forms at local libraries and
This is a once in a generation chance. Help make sure it is not
Chair, on behalf of the Friends of the Alexandra Palace Theatre