Alexandra Palace East Wing Regeneration Project

  • © Lloyd Winters
  • © FCBStudios
  • © FCBStudios
  • © Lloyd Winters
  • © FCBStudios
  • © FCBStudios
  • © Lloyd Winters
  • © FCBStudios
  • © FCBStudios
  • © FCBStudios
  • © Lloyd Winters
  • © Alexandra Palace
  • © Lloyd Winters
  • © Graham Joy Photography
  • © Alexandra Palace
  • © Alexandra Palace
  • © FCBStudios
  • © FCBStudios
  • © Alexandra Palace

Application Type

AABC Conservation

Level of Award

Highly Commended

Region

Greater London

Local Authority Area

Haringey

Information about this scheme

The brief was focussed on reviving the Victorian theatre, the East Court and adjoining areas, and called for some far- reaching design interventions and careful conservation.

The scheme has been designed not simply to bring these historic spaces back into viable use, but to create an entirely new experience for contemporary audiences. The East Court, a vast glazed space conceived as an exhibition hall, provides a public face to the Palace and is seen as an extension of the park. It is a multi-functional, accessible space, welcoming visitors in for a coffee or to learn about the Palace’s colourful history. The new floor provides underfloor heating as well as a grid of power and data to support a broad range of uses and events. This floor also provides the canvas for a vibrant 1000sqm installation painted by artists Art + Believe.

The theatre has been subject to significant alterations to allow it to accommodate a range of performance formats not envisaged by its Victorian designers, bringing an exciting new cultural and community programme to the Palace. These works have included the discreet integration of services and technical infrastructure, levelling of the auditorium floor, the construction of a steeper circle balcony, and the extension of balcony seating across the side wings of the auditorium, the better to surround performers with their audience. Much- needed conservation work has been completed to the envelope of the building to secure its longer-term future, with new roof coverings to most areas.

The project was delivered in close consultation with Historic England, London Borough of Haringey’s conservation and planning team, as well as a wide range of non- statutory stakeholders – relationships that were critical to a successful outcome. It was supported by the Theatres Trust who, at their annual conference held in the theatre in 2019, removed Alexandra Palace from their Theatres at Risk Register.

Credits

Applicant

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Architect

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Client

Alexandra Palace

Conservation Architect

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Main Contractor

Willmott Dixon Construction

Original Architect

N/A

Owner

Alexandra Palace

Project Manager

AA Watson Project Consulting

Quantity Surveyor

Mott MacDonald

Services Engineer

Max Fordham

Structural Engineer

Alan Baxter & Associates

Other

Acoustician: Max Fordxham

Other

Theatre Designer: Charcoalblue

Other

Fire Engineer: The Fire Surgery

Other

Graphic Artists: Art+Believe

Primary Use Class

Class D2g - Theatre