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"Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust’s multimillion pound regeneration programme has been backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) who have supported the further development of the Trust’s £16.8m lottery funding application.
"The HLF Board of Trustees were unanimous in their decision to award the ‘People’s Palace’ development phase funding ... to develop the project’s designs and business plan to deliver the maximum sustainable long-term benefit for the Palace, its visitors and local communities.
"At the conclusion of this development phase, a further application will be submitted to the HLF for the remaining funding towards the required construction works.
"Duncan Wilson, 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.”"The HLF funding will contribute the major part of a £23.9m project which 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."