As you may be aware by now, the Alexandra Palace Charitable Trust, which runs
the Palace and Park, has won the backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund for its
£23.9m regeneration programme for the Theatre, former BBC television studios
and East Court. The HLF has granted the AP Trust £844,800 in Round 1 funding to
further develop plans for its £16.8m lottery funding application.
Nigel Willmott, the chair of the Friends of the Theatre, responded on behalf of
the Friends of the Theatre committee: "The Friends have been working and
campaigning for the refurbishment and reuse of the Victorian Theatre for the
past 11 years, since the formation of the group. For most of that time it
seemed an impossible dream. Suddenly it is on the way to becoming a reality.
"It is a stunning result for chief executive Duncan Wilson and his team at the
Palace, the board of trustees, and for Haringey council, which has fully
supported a new strategy of redevelopment of the Palace led by the Trust,
rather than a developer.
"We have been one of the many groups whose input has gone into the creation of
the regeneration programme and we look forward to continuing to support the
next phase of the work, to further develop the design of the project and
produce a detailed business plan.
"The refurbishment of the Theatre, keeping its historic look and feel, but
creating a multi-use space for music, drama, conference and community use has
the potential to make it one of the most exciting and inspiring venues in