Restoration work to begin at Alexandra Palace through LCP Major Works Framework

The restoration of iconic Alexandra Palace to its former glory has taken a leap forward after leading construction firm Willmott Dixon was appointed to start repair and refurbishment work.

The firm will complete the majority of work to restore the Palace’s East Wing, designed by award-winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and backed by Haringey Council.

By 2018, the Palace’s world-famous former BBC Studios will become an immersive birthplace-of-TV experience; the Victorian Theatre will come back to life as a performance venue for 21st century audiences; and the East Court entrance hall will recreate the sense of its original 1870s grandeur. The Heritage Lottery Fund is contributing nearly £19million, and the council nearly £7m, towards the £27m project. Alexandra Palace regeneration plans

The restoration is the culmination of years of planning and months of negotiations in a rigorous procurement process to realise the aspirations of the Alexandra Palace and Park Charitable Trust.

Willmott Dixon came out best with a bid that emphasised quality as well as price. The company was chosen partly for its track record in refurbishing large buildings and experience delivering projects in live environments, where minimising disruption is essential. It will be business as usual for Alexandra Palace’s parklands, ice rink and music venue, while the works take place.

Willmott Dixon’s initial works include protecting the East Wing’s historic features, stripping out dilapidated modern fittings, and the delicate job of removing asbestos. The toxic substance, now banned, was used throughout the East Wing for sound-proofing and fire-proofing.

Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust need to raise the final £1m to complete the project. If you would like to donate or find out how to get involved, visit the Alexandra Palace website (external link).