Proposed hotel in Farrell’s masterplan not the top priority, survey adds
A public consultation on Terry Farrell’s masterplan for a revamp of Alexandra Palace has said work to re-open the existing theatre and BBC studios should be carried out before a planned hotel.
The consultation ended in June with a follow-up survey by the Alexandra Park & Charitable Trust, the group which runs the north London venue.
Upgrading the main event halls and re-opening the derelict Victorian theatre and the old BBC studios were all listed ahead of opening a hotel.
The grade II listed theatre, which dates back to 1875, has been closed for more than 60 years while the BBC studios are only opened periodically.
As well as a hotel, Farrell’s masterplan also includes redeveloping the entrances at either end of the venue and a proposed terrace with cafes and restaurants.
The cost of redevelopment work has been put at £50 million and the trust’s chief executive Duncan Wilson said it was now looking at a mixture of private and public funds.
Repair work on the building, which was badly damaged by fire back in the early 1980s, is due to be carried out this autumn thanks to cash from English Heritage.
The venue, better known as Ally Pally, is currently hosting the official celebrations of the Dutch Olympic team.
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