Crystal Palace Park - what next?
Crystal Palace Park is a 200 acre English Heritage Grade II* listed park which was once home to Sir Joseph Paxton's Crystal Palace , the structure which originally housed the Great Exhibition in 1851.
London Development Agency Masterplan
London Development Agency commissioned Latz + Partner (a landscape architecture firm) to carry out extensive public consultation and create a landscape Masterplan for the park. The Masterplan applications for planning permission, Conservation Area Consent and Listed Building Consent were submitted in November 2007.
The vision was to rejuvenate Crystal Palace Park as a metropolitan park, heritage asset, cultural, leisure, educational and recreational resource to meet the needs of the local people, sports people whether elite or amateur, and the public at large.
The Masterplan includes the diversely characterized parts of the park and makes detailed proposals for the existing historical features and buildings such as the National Sports Centre and proposed gateways, new facilities like glasshouses, a museum, amenities’ buildings etc. It integrates an interconnected ecological water system operated by gravity and solar energy. The Masterplan was costed at almost £70million when it was produced and this level of funding has not been available to the park, however the Masterplan is now being used to guide a step-by-step programme of regeneration.
Bromley Council and the Mayor of London agreed in 2014 to invest £2.4million in park improvements. These improvements include: the building of a new cafe and skatepark, landscaping and the removal of some disused structures, and the conservation of the Grade I listed dinosaurs and Grade II listed sphinxes. Park users will start to see these improvements completed within the next 18 months.
In addition, the council committed resources in March 2014 to bring to fruition further aspects of the Masterplan, as part of a next phase of works which will support the development of a sustainable business model for the park and enable a new form of governance to be implemented.
Crystal Palace Park Executive Project Board
In recognition of the complexities of the park's history, and the diverse range of parties that have an interest in the future of the park, the Crystal Palace Park Executive Project Board was established on 13 February 2012.
The board explores opportunities for the future management, restoration, development and protection of Crystal Palace Park; recognising the site's multi-faceted historical significance and creating an environment which is valued and admired by local people and visitors alike. More information can be found in the terms of reference and board structure chart.
In September 2016 the first meeting of the Shadow Board was held. This board will shadow the council’s development of the Regeneration Plan for Crystal Palace Park until the board formalises itself and takes over the management of the park from the council.
The board’s management of the park will be subject to the development of a sustainable business model which will be reliant on the park’s regeneration and the development of new and increased income streams.
To date the board has acted as a key stakeholder in the review of the developing Regeneration Plan, and has influenced the direction the park’s regeneration will take. The board will continue to work with the council to shape the park’s regeneration and be a key decision maker.
The board is made up of nine local people with exceptional skills, experience and knowledge in a range of fields from planning, to law. All members were recruited through a competitive process with a focus on setting up a board with all the skills required to successfully manage the park in the future.
Crystal Palace Park Heritage and Environment Group
The Crystal Palace Park Heritage and Environment Group reviewed and provided expert advice on:
- site projects including restoration, conservation and protection of the park’s heritage features and landscape features;
- interpretation of the parks heritage and landscape features; and
- marketing and publicity.
Find out more about Crystal Palace Park
If you would like to find out more about the ongoing regeneration project please email email@example.com or visit Crystal Palace Park Community Stakeholder Group website