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Further funding boosts £24m upgrade for Alexandra Palace

The multimillion pound regeneration programme will transform the eastern end of the Palace, and restore the historic BBC Television studios to provide an interactive historical and educational visitor experience.

Originally reported in sister publication Music Week, London’s Alexandra Palace will undergo a £23.9 million (€28.3 million) regeneration programme after securing support and investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project 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. The HLF board of trustees recently awarded the ‘People’s Palace’ a total of £844,800 (€1 million) in development phase funding, which will be used to further develop the project’s designs and business plan. 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.” As the birthplace of the world’s first regular public high definition television broadcast in 1936, one of the key aims of the HLF project is to refurbish the BBC studios to provide an interactive historical and educational visitor experience as well as access to a significant collection of digitised archive materials. Robert Seatter, head of BBC History expressed the BBC’s support of the regeneration and opening up of the old BBC studios at Alexandra Palace: “As the birthplace of British television, it is a unique historical destination which merits being preserved and interpreted for future generations.”

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