We are delighted to announce that we will play a key role in the restoration of Alexandra Palace which will bring the Victorian-era East Wing back to its full splendour to create a world tourist attraction.
CPShave been awarded the contract to revive the flexible floor space which will be used either in its original proscenium staging configuration, or as an in-the-round or thrust configuration, with a flat floor so it can be used for other functions.
Millions of people enjoy Alexandra Park and Palace every year, but when watching global pop stars singing live or cheering on the World Championship darts tournament, just yards away there's an amazing derelict theatre and Britain's first-ever broadcasting TV studio that is being sympathetically transformed.
Within the £27m restoration project is the creation of a new theatre with a capacity of up to 1,300 people and the balcony area will also be reinstated. 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 Park and Palace Charitable Trust.
The CPS team will provide demountable staging platforms and associated equipment to provide what is essentially a large ‘kit of parts’ to form 4No. seating rostra configurations, 3No. orchestra pit infill configurations and a stage infill.
The design of the rostra and components requires close coordination with other trades along with a multi-disciplinary team and careful integration with the geometrical constraints of the building, something that we're highly experienced at.
With almost 200 platforms, 1170 legs and over 200 fascia panels and valance curtains, this is certainly a project to be proud of securing and will present some unique challenges of its own as it progresses through the different stages of design, manufacture, operations and installation.
Jason Hughes, managing director of CPS, said: “We feel very privileged to be a part of this extraordinary restoration which will transform a true British icon back to its former 19th century glory.
“This is one of our biggest and most complex staging project in our 52 year history but my team and I look forward to the challenge that lies ahead.
“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust for giving CPS this unique opportunity and we will do everything possible to make a success of this project.”
The Victorians built Alexandra Palace with the ambition to entertain, inform and educate its many visitors. This restoration means that it remains as true to its vision 150 years later, as it was on the great day it first opened its doors.
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