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Funding secured for Alexandra Palace

“The People’s Palace” has been awarded over £320,000 in funding by English Heritage to repair and restore the North London venue.

Alexandra Palace has been awarded over £320,000 in funding by English Heritage. The building is Grade II-listed in the UK, a category comprising “buildings that are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them. ” The venue, affectionately known as “Ally Pally,” has hosted a number of live music shows, including All Tomorrow’s Parties yearly I’ll Be Your Mirror event – headlined by Portishead last year. Matt Cooke, chair of Alexandra Park and Palace’s Trust, said: “Although in the very early stages of regenerating this magnificent heritage property, with further investment and careful stewardship we are very optimistic that we will be able to achieve our ultimate goal to develop and enhance this fantastic cultural destination and resource for the local community, Londoners and visitors from across the world.” Primarily, the funding will be used to repair Alexandra Palace’s South Terrace, the roof of its Victorian Theatre, and parts of the building next to the ice rink, which, was itself given a £2.3 million refurbishment last year. As well as continuing to host live music events, this year Alexandra Palace will play a role in the 2012 Olympics, hosting the Olympic Torch as well as becoming the venue for ‘Holland Heineken House,’ the Dutch national cultural ‘house’ and the biggest in London.