Ally Pally wins Lottery funding for next development phase

North London’s Alexandra Palace heads the list of major conference and events venues allocated Lottery funding.

Six major heritage schemes totalling £68m received backing in the latest round of funding released by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Board of Trustees. 
Ally Pally will now be able to move forward with its development designs and business plans thanks to the HLF awarding £844,800 in development phase funding to Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust’s (APPCT) regeneration programme.

At the conclusion of this development phase, the APPCT says it will submit a further application to the HLF to complete construction works.

Duncan Wilson OBE, Chief Executive for Alexandra Park and Palace, said: “The HLF announcement marks a significant moment in the future of Alexandra Palace. Finally we can plan with confidence to bring back to life the glorious Victorian Theatre and the historic BBC Television studios. The ‘People’s Palace’ in its entirety can now become a reality and we are thrilled that the HLF have endorsed our plans for its future in this way.”

The HLF funding will contribute the major part of a £23.9m project which will transform the eastern end of the Palace, making accessible to the public the most historically significant, yet currently derelict and inaccessible, parts of the building.

Sue Bowers, Head of HLF, London said: “Ally Pally is held with huge public affection and we’re delighted to be giving our initial support for this exciting project. This is the first step in the journey to secure a full Heritage Lottery Fund grant and we’re looking forward to working closely with the Trust in the coming months.”

Alexandra Palace hosted the Torch Relay and Holland Heineken House during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

The new Lottery funding also underpins £9.1m worth of project plans at Silverstone motor racing circuit, Northamptonshire.

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) chairwoman Dame Jenny Abramsky said the projects were “hugely deserving” of support.

Other plans include a £12.2m bid to transform the last surviving ship from the Battle of Jutland in World War I, HMS Caroline, into a visitor attraction in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, a £9.8m project to develop a new archive centre in Redruth and a £10m redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery.

There is also support for a £10m plan to restore 800-year-old Auckland Castle in County Durham.

Dame Jenny added: “From Cornish tin mining, to the development of motor racing and the history of broadcasting, these projects all reflect a real desire to tell the stories of important aspects of the UK’s heritage and as such we felt they were hugely deserving of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s support.”

The initial funding allocated for the Silverstone project is £446,068, to which the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) will add further cash and volunteer input to allow development work to a total value of almost £892,136 to be undertaken, helping the BRDC and Silverstone progress its plans to apply for the full grant in 2014.

Silverstone Heritage Live, which is planned to open in 2016, would feature the BRDC archive, a heritage trail and live interactive experiences within a Heritage Hub located at the entrance to the circuit.

“We are proud to have won this grant and are extremely excited about the project,” said BRDC Chairman Stuart Rolt.

It was not all good news however, with the Southbank Centre’s bid for £10.2m towards its £100m redevelopment plans for the Hayward Gallery, Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall rejected by the HLF.  
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