New Crystal Palace Denied Lottery Funding

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Plans to build a replica of the Crystal Palace and improve the surrounding park have taken a blow, after the Heritage Lottery Fund turned down a grant application for £5 million earlier this month.

Bromley Council had hoped the cash injection could be used to make short-term improvements to the park, ahead of construction of the new/old landmark. Councillor Stephen Carr said he was disappointed at the snub, adding that ”We now all need to remain focused on the long term and re-examine potential options as to how best we can generate improvements in the short term which would also support the long term objectives.”

Chinese firm ZhongRong Group still plans to invest £500 million in the scheme, which has also secured a £2 million grant from the Greater London Authority. If realised, the Palace would stand as a near replica of the famous Victorian structure, which was consumed by fire in 1936. Expressions of interest have already been received from around 40 architects. A shortlist of up to five will be selected in spring.

The plans are already dividing Londoners. While many will no doubt appreciate the spectacle, there have been concerns about the land deal, which would potentially see Metropolitan Open Land — and cherished parkland — transferred to private hands.

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  • gressy1970

    Thank God for that. Now could the Chinese multi-millionaire who was putting up the rest of the money for this unwanted project (unwanted by those of us who live in and around CP and whose opinion should matter most on this) please also bugger off.

  • Kevin

    You don’t want mass investment in the area you live in? hmm, not a home owner I assume.

    I imagine the money will be saved and approved for something trivial. CP is run down and needs a facelift. Shame its been rejected.

  • Rod Taylor

    Should have been Granted