New Crystal Palace Pictures Released

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 112 months ago
New Crystal Palace Pictures Released
Original Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace, home to cheeky dinosaurs, a floundering football team, and a pair of priapic transmitter towers, could soon boast a rebuilt version of the structure that lent its name to the area.

Plans are afoot to resurrect the Victorian cast-iron & glass building (pictured), originally erected for the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, before being shipped to Sydenham where it met a fiery end in 1936. We originally brought you this news back in the happy, bountiful days of 2006, when a credit crunch meant biting down ruefully on your Amex card after you'd maxed it at Brent Cross. Flash forward two and a half years, and the architect, Ray Hall, has now released images of the replica Palace, which, he claims, at a cost of £265m, could be rigged up by 2014.

The Panglossian Mr Hall predicts a resurrected Palace, containing an Edwardian funfair, exhibition spaces, cinema screens, entertainment area and hotel, could become "one of the UK's top tourist attractions". In addition, being virtually identical in design (if not scale) to Sir Joseph Paxton's original, it could prove the height of kitsch.

Will it get built? Mr. Hall is confident, and having spent the past twelve years on the project, you'd expect him to be. But local residents are not wholeheartedly behind the plans, and with our financial hardships only just beginning, funding may be hard to come by: a "major bank" is apparently on board, though with the current maelstrom, that's by no means guaranteed. The LDA's plan for Crystal Palace park includes planting trees over the building's site, a move that pressure group Build A New Crystal Palace strongly oppose.

It may still be a pipe dream, but the Palace is at least a half-step closer to being rebuilt.

Last Updated 01 October 2008

Kingpin

I'm definately in favor of this. Considering how many ugly 'modern' buildings are being erected it would be a crime for the palace to not be rebuit. It could be a real moral boost to hold regular "Festivals of Britain" again.

solpadeine

C'mon you Eagles!

DeanN

It could be a real moral boost to hold regular "Festivals of Britain" again.

Nice idea, though I'm not sure what we'd be showing off this time. In the 1850s it was all about our Industrial Revolution ingenuity; nowadays, we have less to offer. Gawp! At our prowess in designing cathedrals to the glory of shopping. Marvel! At the terminals used by our depressed investment bankers as their shares plummet.

C'mon you Eagles!

I didn't even realise we'd beaten Charlton the previous night when I wrote this! Might've been a bit more upbeat.

Kingpin

Indeed, we'd definately have to start working on something that could be, without doubt produced by us.

I guess if we did well in 2012 that could be a start. :)