Restoring Alexandra Palace
A short distance from Wood Green is the iconic Alexandra Palace. Exciting plans to restore the London landmark to its former glory took a significant step forward after securing nearly £19million from the Heritage Lottery Fund in March 2015.
The historic restoration will see the palace’s original Victorian theatre refurbished into an arts venue, the former BBC studios transformed into a visitor attraction and the East Court repaired and opened up to the public.
The funding covers more than half of the cost of the £26.7million scheme – which won planning permission last month – with Haringey Council pledging another £6.8m towards the project.
Under the plans, the Palace’s stunning hidden theatre – opened in 1875 – will be brought back to life as a 1,300-seat venue for community and commercial use, with rehearsal space, performances, cinema screenings, live comedy and acoustic music among the ideas backed by leading arts figures.
And the BBC studios – birthplace of high-definition television broadcasts in 1936 – would be turned into an interactive museum, with access to archives and educational tours.
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