Event organisers have hailed a multi-million
pound transformation of a landmark building.
Councillors in north London have given
the go-ahead to proposals to restore some of Alexandra Palace to its former glory.
The £28million project aims to restore the Victorian theatre as a cultural venue,
turn the groundbreaking former BBC studios into a visitor attraction telling
the story of television, and refurbish the East Court of the palace.
The move paves the way for the project which
will also make some areas of the listed landmark accessible to the public for
the first time in recent history.
Under the plans, the Palace’s theatre, opened in 1875 to seat audiences of up
to 3,000, will be brought back to life for community and commercial use.
Samantha Harrington-Lowe, managing
director at Event Venues in Brighton said: “What an awesome place to hold a
conference. This is a great idea. It’s a piece of British history and it will go
down a storm with the overseas market.”
Council leader Claire Kober said: “These are brilliant
plans for Ally Pally, which pave the way for the next chapter in this beautiful
“Alexandra Palace has become a hugely successful venue, but with parts of the
building in a state of serious decay, we have to act now to restore and
preserve this landmark for generations to come.